15-Year-Old Beaten For Refusing To Join MS-13 Gang In Annapolis High School

On March 7, a group of people approached a 15-year-old male when he was in a bathroom at Annapolis High School. The group tried to get him to join Mara Salvatrucha 13, an international criminal gang, but he refused. At the end of the day, they assaulted the student outside the school.

Last week, an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury indicted 19-year-old Juan Carlos Sandolval-Rodrigues and 18-year-old Irving Orellana, a 9th grader at Annapolis High School, on multiple assault and gang-related charges, linked to that incident.

While Orellana was with the group inside the school, police could not say if he actually assaulted the 15-year-old.School officials deny that Sandoval-Rodrigues was a student at the school, but police have determined that he was on the phone with one of the people who assaulted the 15-year-old.

Shortly after the assault, the student reported it to the principal. With not enough details to go on, police were unable to pursue charges until three days later, at which time he provided them with identifying information. The case was referred to the grand jury on June 21.

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