Authorities in Colombia arrested a founder of El Tren de Aragua, the notorious Venezuelan gang that has infiltrated the US via the southern border and has been linked to crimes across the country — including the murder of college student Laken Riley and smuggling guns into migrant shelters in New York City.

The gang’s cofounder, 45-year-old Larry Álvarez, who also goes by Larry Changa — escaped prison in 2015 in Venezuela — fled to Chile and then Colombia — where he entered the country using a fake papers in 2022, according to Colombian authorities.