BCSO: Wanted Texas murder suspect, MS-13 gang member arrested in Ladson Tuesday night

Franklin Platero-Rodriguez (Source: BCSO)
Franklin Platero-Rodriguez (Source: BCSO)
Franklin Platero-Rodriguez (Source:BCSO)
Franklin Platero-Rodriguez (Source:BCSO)

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A wanted MS-13 gang murder suspect was arrested Tuesday night in Berkeley County, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Cochran.

U.S. Marshals led the operation to arrest Franklin Platero-Rodriguez,21, who was wanted for murder by authorities in Walker County Texas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the 2014 federal charge of failure to appear, Cochran said.

Tuesday night, law enforcement saw Platero-Rodriguez leave a Subway in the 9000 block of Highway 78 and got into a white Ford F-150 truck.

When the U.S. Marshals and BCSO took him into custody, he was found to have a loaded 9-millimeter pistol on him, Cochran said. The truck matched the description of the vehicle from the murder Platero-Rodrguez is accused of committing in Texas.

Traffic stop on Highway 78 at Ladson Road.

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He was booked and charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, fugitive in posession of a firearm. A hold wwas place for ICE officials and Walker County, Texas.

Marshals began working the case after receiving information that he was possibly residing in Berkeley County, Cochran said.

According to a request from the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force, Platero-Rodrigues is a documented and confirmed MS-13 gang member who is accused of shooting a man to death before pouring gas on a car with the victim in the trunk. He then fled to South Carolina, according to the request.

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