- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2006

A second rape victim testifying yesterday in a federal racketeering case against two reputed MS-13 gang members said one of the defendants held a gun to her head and raped her along with about 12 other men.

The 18-year-old woman from El Salvador said defendant Oscar “Casper” Velasquez, 21, was the third man to assault her in the succession of rapes, which took place at a “skipping party” held in a Hyattsville apartment in 2003.

“He had a gun,” the woman said through a Spanish interpreter. “He threatened me that I had to do it with him or he was going to shoot me.”

The victim’s friend testified Thursday that Velasquez also held a gun to her head and watched outside the door while about 15 men raped her at the party in a separate room.

The woman who testified yesterday in a Greenbelt court did not name Velasquez’s co-defendant, Edgar “Pony” Ayala, 28, in the rape. The men face life in prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise in connection with killings, kidnappings, robberies and rapes in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties since 2001.

Velasquez and Ayala are the first of 22 on trial under a sweeping racketeering indictment in which prosecutors must prove the gang was a highly organized unit specializing in the business of committing crimes.

Prosecutors said the trial, which will resume Monday, is expected to take six weeks.

The young woman who testified yesterday said Velasquez urged her to skip classes at Laurel High School and to bring two friends along to the party at another acquaintance’s home.

The woman, then 15, said she and Velasquez became friends the year before when she was a freshman at High Point High School in Beltsville.

She said more than a dozen men eventually arrived at the party, where alcohol was being served. A former classmate from High Point forced her into a bedroom, then raped her, the young woman said.

“Others kept coming in and out, in and out, and I couldn’t even get out the bed,” she said.

The men fled the apartment after the rapes, the young woman also said.

The woman wiped away tears as she listened to her guttural cries on a 911 tape recorded after the rape.

“He was my friend,” she told the 911 operator, referring to Velasquez.

A Virginia federal jury on Thursday convicted an illegal alien MS-13 member of murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Authorities said Wilfredo “Nino” Montoya Baires, 27, who will be sentenced Dec. 15, faces life in prison. He is accused of killing a fellow gang member, authorities said.

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