Members of Latin King street gang arrested in Orlando

By Amy L. Edwards, Orlando Sentinel
4:28 p.m. CST, February 2, 2010

Criminal charges have been filed against a dozen local members of the violent Latin King street gang as part of a multi-agency operation, the FBI said Tuesday.

Law-enforcement officials executed several arrest warrants Tuesday morning throughout Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. Those arrested face charges ranging from murder to conspiracy to commit racketeering.

By Tuesday afternoon, seven Latin King members were arrested, the FBI said: Rene Ramirez, 27, of Orlando; Ricky Montesino, 26, of Orlando; Frederic Salizan, 28, of Orlando; Kevin Sullivan, 29, of Orlando; Derrick Hester, 21, of Davenport; Rafael Rodriguez, 35, of Davenport; Emilio Rosa, 37, of Davenport.

Four others were already in state custody: Jose Santana, 28; Jason Rohena, 22; Jose Garcia, 23; and Vic Melendez, 22.

Authorities are still looking for Luis Gelpi, 20, of Park Manor Drive, Orlando. Gelpi is considered armed and dangerous.

The Latin Kings are one of the largest gangs nationwide, said Orlando police Sgt. Jose Velez. They’re very well organized, and each city or geographic area has a leader who reports to a nationwide leader.

“They are dangerous. They are criminals. They sell drugs. They fight for territories. They threaten people. They shoot people if necessary,” Velez said. “Anytime you can put people like this away, it makes the community a lot safer.”

Anyone with information on Gelpi’s whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 1-866-838-1153.

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  1. JBOI

    f#@$k U FREE SALIZAN

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