Update: Police Arrest Two More in Connection with Wheaton Regional Park Homicide
Victim, still unidentified, was stabbed more than 100 times
Doris Esmeralda Giron-Jiminez, left, and Albaro Armando Rosa-Moreno
FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
This story was updated at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 1.
Two additional suspects have been arrested in connection to the Wheaton Regional Park which authorities have described as a brutal gang-related killing, police announced Friday.
Doris Esmeralda Giron-Jiminez, 24, of the 12000 block of Dalewood Drive in Wheaton, and Albaro Armando Rosa-Moreno, 22, of Silver Spring, were arrested Thursday, according to a Montgomery County police press release. Both were charged with first-degree murder.
Police previously charged Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, with the murder, the first arrest in a crime that authorities say as many as 10 people participated in.
The victim—whose decomposing body was discovered in September—has yet to be identified. Police believe he was from the Annapolis area and was lured to the wooded area.
Court documents detail the violence of the murder, which police say was carried out by members of the MS-13 gang early this year. The man was stabbed more than 100 times, then decapitated, dismembered and thrown into a previously dug grave. His heart was cut out of his chest and thrown into the hole with him.
Police claim that Rosa-Moreno, nicknamed “Slow,” was a member of MS-13. A source within the gang—whom police have not yet identified—led police to the body and identified Rosa-Moreno by a law enforcement photograph as one of the conspirators, according to court documents.
The source—who, according to authorities, admitted to participating in the killing—told police that Rosa-Moreno helped dig the grave and stabbed the man multiple times. Police wrote in charging documents that Rosa-Moreno also allegedly “assisted in dismembering the victim with a machete.”
In the Montgomery County District Court in Rockville on Friday, Judge Holly Reed III ordered Rosa-Moreno to be held without bail.
Ashley Inderfurth, an assistant state’s attorney prosecuting Rosa-Moreno, called the crime “abhorrent” and said “it goes without saying that this man would be a danger to the community.”
Though he admitted that the charges against Rosa-Moreno were serious, John Lavigne, a public defender representing him in court, pointed out that the only evidence against him is “an unindicted coconspirator who said he did it.”
Rosa-Moreno works in the area and was arrested on his way to work, Lavigne said.
Giron-Jiminez did not have a bail hearing Friday and court documents filed against her were not yet available. Police identified her as “an accomplice to this homicide,” but did not specify if she was believed to be a member of the gang.