OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Four members of a well-known gang are behind bars and facing felony charges after authorities said they went on a crime spree to promote their gang.
Two of the suspects are a mother and son.
Investigators said the accused gang members targeted visitors to central Florida by committing burglaries and robberies up and down a tourist area in Osceola County.
Deputies said aside from being mother and son, Marlen Ramos-Vasquez and Joey Hernandez also have another connection: they're part of the notorious Latin Kings gang.
“In this particular investigation it appears as if they were committing these crimes to promote and benefit their specific gang,” said Twis Lizasuain, with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
County documents show the two went by the aliases “King Hush” and “Mother of King Hush.”
The pair, along with two other alleged members of Latin Kings, are accused of a slew of crimes, including armed robbery, burglary, dealing stolen property and battery on a law enforcement officer.
This week the alleged gang members were charged under the state Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act, or RICO.
That means they’ll face enhanced penalties, like life in prison, for the crimes.
“They worked together. They worked separately other times,” Lizasuain said.
Some of the incidents involved unsuspecting tourists.
Investigators said in one case they broke into a home in a neighborhood filled with vacation rental properties.
The crime spree lasted several months last year.
All four are locked up in the Osceola County Jail.
Investigators are certain they'll be able to track down more gang members, who are accused of committing crimes to help the gang.