A woman on Long Island is facing a murder charge after allegedly conspiring with her new boyfriend, an MS-13 gang member, to kill her teenage ex-boyfriend, who was purportedly in a rival gang, several years ago.
Hempstead resident Sandra Tobar Mejia, age 22, has been charged with second-degree murder, officials announced, for her role in the 2016 scheme to kill 19-year-old Osmin Campos-Sandoval, a member of the 18th Street gang, a rival of MS-13.
Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said that Mejia and other MS-13 members smoked marijuana with Campos-Sandoval in the woods near the Uniondale water tower while posing as fellow gang members to make him feel comfortable.
More suspects are expected to be arrested as the investigation into Campos-Sandoval's murder continues.
“They butchered him, hit him, and buried him,” police said, with Campos-Sandoval’s remains being found in October last year near the water tower.
“There are other arrests to be made on this," Fitzpatrick added. "The people that are outstanding are incarcerated. They are incarcerated on unrelated crimes, and in the next coming week we will probably be arresting two to three other male suspects.”
According to reports, Mejia and Campos-Sandoval dated in their native El Salvador before Mejia moved stateside and began dating a member of MS-13.
Mejia was arraigned on Thursday, Feb. 25, and remanded without bail. She is scheduled to appear back in court on Thursday, March 4 to make an appearance.
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