Report: 'Mexican Mafia' member nabbed for threatening to kill deputy

John Cabrera. (Source: CCDC)
John Cabrera. (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston man claiming to be a member of the Mexican Mafia was arrested Wednesday for threatening to kill a Charleston County deputy back in June, according to an incident report.

Deputies say John Cabrera, 27, was arrested after a concerned citizen spotted him leaving the West Ashley Walmart Wednesday around 10:15 a.m. and called the authorities.

Cabrera was charged with threatening a public official, and booked at the Charleston County Detention Center.

According to a court affidavit, Cabrera was previously arrested by Charleston County deputies on June 5. While on the way to the detention center, the suspect threatened Deputy J. Mallard and his family, saying he was going to "beat" Mallard's "cracker [expletive]," and "I hope you love your family because you all are history, I am Mexican Mafia and we will find you."

The report states Cabrera went on to tell Mallard, "you better always watch you back."

The Mexican Mafia is a validated criminal gang, the affidavit states.

Cabrera was being sought by U.S. Marshals and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

His bond was set at $10,000, according to Charleston County Detention Center records.

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