Bronx, NY – U.S. Customs and Immigration (ICE) agents scooped up an MS-13 gang member on Thursday who had been threatening New York Police Department (NYPD) officers in the 41st Precinct, where two officers were shot less than a week ago.
NYPD brass put out an alert to all of its commanders on Feb. 13 that warned of a “credible threat” to officers working in the 41st and asked that it be read at Roll Call for all shifts all over the city.
“Desk Officers – Following information must be passed along and shared with every MOS assigned to your command,” the memo began.
MOS is the acronym for member of service.
“Investigative units have received a credible threat of an individual that may attempt to shoot a NYPD MOS, in particular, a 41 Pct MOS,” the warning memo continued. “All MOS are being advised to be vigilant and alert. Stationhouse security must be posted on all tours.”
“Please advise all MOS and continue to read this message at Roll Calls until further notice,” the memo instructed NYPD commanders.
The NYPD Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA) shared the warning on Twitter.
“WARNING – MUST READ NYPD COPS ASSASSINATION THREAT- the attached notice has been distributed throughout NYPD Commands. REMAIN ALERT – respond with back up on all 9/11 calls,” the SBA captioned a tweet midafternoon on Feb. 13.
Coming on the heels of two shootings in 12 hours the prior weekend, NYPD officials boosted security at station houses in the Bronx and took precautions after the alert.
But by Thursday night, the man who was making the threats was in federal immigration custody, FOX News reported.
It turned out that MS-13 gang member Armando Clemente Ramos who was making the threats was an illegal alien who was also wanted by ICE.
So the federal agency stepped up to the plate to help keep NYPD officers safe, FOX News reported.
“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was made aware of a threat to the law enforcement community here in New York City. As a result, HSI special agents investigated the threat and subsequently made an arrest,” a homeland security official told FOX News. “The investigation is still ongoing.”
Law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News that the immigration arrest was just to get the gang member off the streets while police investigated the threat.