IRVING, Texas — An MS-13 gang member has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a brutal machete attack at a North Texas park that left a female "savagely maimed and left for dead."
22-year-old Manuel Amaya-Alyarez pled guilty in May to four counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering (VICAR). He was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Jayne Boyle on Thursday, November 14, 2019, to 20 years in federal prison.
According to court documents, Amaya-Alyarez was an El Salvadorian national living in the United States illegally. He had admitted to belonging to MS-13, a notorious and violent street gang.
Amaya-Alyarez admitted to attempting to "take out," or kill, four rival gang members at Running Bear Park in Irving, Texas, on September 25, 2017, by luring them to the park under the guise they wanted to buy a tattoo machine from one of the men.
On the night of the attack, the man arrived at the park with two other men and a female acquaintance. They were lured to a wooded area where additional MS-13 gang members were waiting — armed with a shotgun, machetes, and clubs.
"After Amaya-Alvarez and another gang member, both seated on a park bench, greeted the victims, the other gang members appeared and surrounded the victims, forcing them to kneel on the ground before robbing them and attacking them with machetes and clubs," according to court documents cited in a release from the United States Attorney's Office. "The three men fled, but the female could not escape and was savagely maimed and left for dead."
"Two of the men also suffered serious physical injuries, including blunt trauma from blows and severe cuts from a machete," stated the release.
In July 2018, a federal grand jury indicted eight MS-13 gang members in connection with six Dallas- and Irving-area attacks that resulted in the injury of 10 people, including a number of 18th Street Gang members. Among the attacks named in the indictment was the Running Bear Park attack.
The indictment alleges the eight MS-13 gang members are part of the Irving Loco Salvatruchas (ILS) clique, or branch, of MS-13.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Irving Police Department investigated the case.