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Individual Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for His Participation in a Carjacking Murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, P.R. –Luis Antonio Crespo-Santos was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his participation in the carjacking and murder of security guard Jorge R. De Jesús-Ayala, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. Defendant Crespo-Santos pled guilty on January 21, 2016.

On June 9, 2012 the defendant and four others planned to assault the victim at his job located at Paseo del Rey Condominium Complex in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The four others were Ashdrian, Yankee, Gamalier and Mikey/Michael, who are still at large. Gamalier had sold the victim a laptop and he still owed money to Gamalier. The individuals planned to go see De Jesús-Ayala to charge him for the laptop but he didn’t have the money.

Gamalier pulled a gun, pointed it at De Jesús-Ayala and told him “you are coming with us.” Ashdrian, Yankee, and Gamalier covered the victim’s head with a t-shirt, bound his hands behind his back with an electrical cord, and forced him into the back seat of his red 2010 Toyota Yaris. They drove to a wooded area in Carolina and stabbed him in the back and slit his throat.

Later that night, the police received information that individuals were dismantling a vehicle fitting the description of De Jesús-Ayala’s vehicle. Police officers responded to the location and observed a minor and the defendant dismantling the vehicle. The body of De Jesús-Ayala was later found near Urbanization Metropolis in Carolina.

“Federal and local law enforcement officers will continue working together to fight violent crime in Puerto Rico,” said US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “We will not rest until we find the other co-conspirators involved in this vicious crime and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney José Contreras.

Updated June 27, 2016

Violent Crime