3 accused of threatening teen to make him join gang
From left to right: Ivan Ramirez, German Ramos and Francisco Villegas-Perez. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Three Spartanburg County teens were arrested Tuesday after deputies said they threatened a teen with violence if he did not join their gang.
According to Spartanburg County deputies, 18-year-old German Ramos, of Inman; 17-year-old Ivan Ramirez, of Spartanburg, and 17-year-old Francisco Villegas-Perez, threatened another teen with bodily harm if he did not join their gang, called 3VL or Tres Vatos Locos, which means three crazy guys. They said the threats happened at school, on the school bus and at the bus stop.
John and Theresa Costanza know all about gang activity throughout Spartanburg County.
"He was offered to join a gang and he declined and he was murdered," John Costanza said.
Investigators found their son, John-John as they called him, beaten to death by gang members known as the Bloods back in December 2007.
"When it did happen, it was like a nightmare because you really don't believe it," Theresa Costanza said.
John Costanza said it's sad to see gang members are still trying to intimidate those who are innocent.
"We have to make stronger laws in this country to stop this stuff that's going on," he said.
Deputies said the three gang members made the victim fear, for not only his safety, but also the safety of his family.
Ramirez, Ramos and Villegas-Perez were each charged with soliciting gang members and disturbing school. All three were being held at the county jail on $3,000 bond.
FOX Carolina has opted not to identify the victim in this case.
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