Posted on May 25, 2018

MS-13 Suspect Who Allegedly Killed Man, Burned Body Entered US as ‘Unaccompanied Alien Child’

Nicole Darrah, Fox News, May 24, 2018

An MS-13 gang suspect who allegedly killed a man and burned the body was arrested this week in South Carolina, immigration officials confirmed to Fox News.

Franklin Platero-Rodriguez, 21, was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday at a Subway restaurant in Ladson, roughly 20 miles northwest of Charleston, The Post and Courier reported.

Walker County, Texas, officials issued a warrant for Platero-Rodriguez’s arrest for homicide by firearm in the death of a man in the Houston area earlier this year.


Officials said the suspect killed the man, put his body in the trunk of the vehicle and poured gasoline on it before setting the vehicle on fire. He then apparently fled to South Carolina.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Fox News that Platero-Rodriguez, through a loophole, was able to enter the country as an unaccompanied alien child (UAC)  — an illegal immigrant under the age of 18 who’s entered the country.

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said the 21-year-old had previously been deported but illegally entered the U.S. again. He said Platero-Rodriguez faces charges of unlawfully carrying a firearm, possessing a stolen pistol and being a fugitive in possession of a gun.