Safer Boston: Boston Police Investigation Leads to Arrest of MS-13 Gang Member Wanted for Murder in New Jersey

On Friday, September 1, 2017, after an extensive and ongoing investigation, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center analyst assigned to gang investigations was able to determine that a member of the MS-13 gang wanted in a series of assaults in Brighton, MA, identified as Carlos Campos-Cutone, may be the same individual wanted for questioning in a homicide that occurred on August 25, 2017 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. An internal memo was distributed to members of the Boston Police Department, and based on this information, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force familiar with the MS-13 gang and its members began an investigation.
 
During the investigation, officers were able to gather evidence and confirm that Campos and the suspect wanted in New Jersey were in fact one in the same, and he was using aliases and a combination of names in an attempt to elude authorities. The officers set up surveillance in the area of Royal Street in Allston, and shortly after, observed three men, one of whom matched Campos’s description. Officers stopped all three men, and after further investigation, officers were able to determine that one individual was 20-year-old Francisco Carlos Ramires of East Boston (AKA Carlos Campos). He was arrested on outstanding MA warrants. The second individual, identified as 18-year-old Henri Salvador-Gutierrez of Brighton, was also found to have active and outstanding warrants and was placed under arrest. The third male, identified as 18-year-old Erick Hernandez-Jandres of Roxbury, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.
 
On Sunday, September 3, 2017, members of the Middlesex County, NJ Prosecutors Office traveled to Boston, and members of the Boston Police Department facilitated a series of interviews with Francisco Carlos Ramires. During the interviews, Ramires admitted to his involvement in the New Jersey homicide.
 
On Monday, September 4, 2017, officers filed additional complaints against Ramires for being a Fugitive from Justice, as well as lodged a full extradition arrest warrant from New Jersey charging him with Murder.
 
Said Boston Police Commissioner Evans, “I would like to commend everyone involved in this investigation—it was a true team effort between the BRIC, my investigators, and the New Jersey authorities. I’d especially like to commend the incredible job done by the BRIC analyst whose attention to detail initiated this investigation and ultimately led to the arrest of a very dangerous individual.”