Nahun Alberto Funez-Maldonado Marlon Funez-Maldonado
Two warrants being issued to Hispanic brothers working as temporary landscape contracted laborers in Landfall turned into a manhunt at Mayfaire Town Center on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Nahun Alberto Funez-Maldonado and Marlon Funez-Maldonado, both members of the transnational gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, are now in custody in Duplin County.
Marlon Funez-Maldonado was arrested on scene in Wilmington on Thursday, Sept. 19. Nahun Funez-Maldonado fled to Mayfaire Town Center in the wooded area behind Regal Cinemas Mayfaire, where a search was conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies from noon until 7 p.m.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sept. 19, Vincent Picard, a spokesperson with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the suspect, Nahun Funez-Maldonado, was boxed in a wooded area. The search was called off at 7 p.m. due to darkness.
Supervisory Special Agent Bob Becker with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said on Tuesday, Sept. 24, internal policies limit what he can say about immigration matters.
“They are facing state prosecutions, and then after that they will face federal prosecutions,” Becker said. “… We do have a big interest in MS-13 activities whenever, wherever they identify themselves.”
MS-13 is a transnational street gang with El Salvador origins. The Federal Bureau of Investigation website states that MS-13 gang members “perpetrate violence — from assaults to homicides, using firearms, machetes or blunt objects — to intimidate rival gangs, law enforcement and the general public.”
Nahun Funez-Maldonado was wanted for a 2003 warrant for injury to personal property. He was previously deported for illegally entering the United States and also has a previous kidnapping conviction. He is being held under a $40,000 cash bond at the Duplin County Jail pending his court date, and is also being held under immigration and customs ICE detainer pending charges of re-entry by an aggravated felon.
Marlon Funez-Maldonado was charged with communicating personal threats and is being held under a $500 bond, but is also under an ICE detainer.