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A teenage member of MS-13 who is residing in the country illegally has been accused of kidnapping a high school student in Tennessee and violently beating him for refusing to join the notorious criminal gang.
Franklin Jefferson Pineda-Caceres, an 18-year-old from Honduras, was arrested over the weekend after he was involved in a car crash in Nashville, reports revealed Tuesday.
Victim - April - Officers - Pineda-Caceres - Street
His alleged victim came forward in April, telling officers Pineda-Caceres had repeatedly tried to pressure him into joining the street gang three months earlier.
The victim says the defendant, accompanied by two other currently unidentified men, came to the Glencliff High School, where he studies, grabbed him and forced him into a vehicle before driving away at speed.
Victim - Apartment - Pineda-Caceres - Time - Gang
The victim then claims to have been taken to an apartment where Pineda-Caceres asked him for a final time to join the gang.
When he refused, the defendant and his two accomplices reportedly began savagely beating him and later dropped him back to school. Months later the victim says he’s still experiencing pain in his ribs from the assault.
Authorities - Pineda-Caceres - Home - July - Scene
Authorities first attempted to arrest Pineda-Caceres at a home in July, but he fled from the scene in a Chevrolet Camaro.
He drove through the front yard of the home to avoid a blockade of police vehicles, nearly running over his girlfriend, her mother and his infant son who were all standing outside.
Suspect - Vehicle - Evade - Police - Vehicles
The suspect abandoned the vehicle after evade pursing police vehicles before vanishing.
A witness later reported to...
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