The US Attorney's office reports that David "Cilindro" Lopez, 22, pleaded guilty today to RICO charges related to a 2014 attack that left a rival gang member near death with gunshot and knife wounds and a conspiracy to murder an MS-13 member suspected of cooperating with police.
Lopez, a Salvadoran national living in Chelsea, faces up to 20 years in prison followed by possible deportation at his Jan. 30 sentencing. He is the 23rd local MS-13 member to plead guilty following raids by federal and local authorities in 2016 in which 61 people were charged.
According to the US Attorney's office:
Lopez was a member of MS-13’s Enfermos Criminales Salvatrucha (ECS) clique, which operated in Chelsea and other parts of Massachusetts. On May 29, 2014, Lopez and co-defendant Daniel Menjivar, a/k/a “Roca,” approached a victim near the Washington Avenue bus stop in Chelsea. Menjivar repeatedly stabbed the victim, and as he was struggling for his life, Lopez approached and shot at the victim. The victim suffered significant life threatening injuries, but survived following emergency surgery. Menjivar pleaded guilty in September 2017.
Lopez then fled to New Jersey:
In March 2015, members of the ECS clique decided to kill a fellow MS-13 member who they incorrectly believed was cooperating with law enforcement at the time. Law enforcement intervened and convinced the individual to become a cooperating witness. A subsequent investigation uncovered evidence that the ECS clique sent someone to New Jersey to pick up Lopez, who had fled Massachusetts after the May 2014 attack, so that he could come back to Massachusetts to help kill the suspected cooperating witness.