Police: Glencliff High School student kidnapped from school by MS-13 member

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An 18-year-old faces multiple charges after he’s accused of kidnapping a student at Glencliff High School earlier this year and assaulting the juvenile when he refused to join the MS-13 street gang.

The incident happened in January and was reported in April, but police said Franklin Pineda-Caceres was arrested and charged on Monday.

According to an arrest warrant, a student told officers that Franklin Pineda-Caceres, a man he had been hanging around with, showed up at his high school with two other males. The three grabbed the juvenile and forced him into a vehicle, the report states.

Franklin Jefferson Pineda-Caceres
Franklin Jefferson Pineda-Caceres (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Police said the student was driven to an apartment on Tampa Drive where Pineda-Caceres ordered him to join the MS-13 gang. When the victim refused, investigators allege Pineda-Caceres and the two other males beat the victim.

The three then drove the student back to a location near Glencliff High School, dropped him off and sped away, police said.

Pineda-Caceres was booked into the Metro jail Monday night on charges including aggravated kidnapping and reckless endangerment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Pineda-Caceres, who is from Honduras, was also charged Monday with illegally re-entering the country after having been previously deported.

Investigators with Homeland Security had charged Pineda-Caceres with drug crimes in 2017 and determined he unlawfully entered the United States. He was put on a plane in May 2018 and deported from the country, officials said.

Homeland Security learned in July that Pineda-Caceres had returned to the U.S. and law enforcement attempted to arrest him in Nashville on a kidnapping charge. He evaded arrest but investigators said they found cocaine, marijuana and digital scales inside of a car that he abandoned.

Pineda-Caceres was involved in a crash Sunday in Nashville, police said. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment and was arrested on charges related to the Glencliff High School kidnapping.

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