WASHINGTON (WUSA9/AP - A 19-year-old MS-13 gang member was arrested in connection with the murder of a male. Police documents describe a slaying in which MS-13 gang members stabbed the man more than 100 times, cut his head off and cut his heart out.
According to Montgomery County police a male body was found on September 5 in Wheaton Regional Park located at 11715 Orebaugh Avenue. Detectives found the body in a grave. The victim's body was exhumed and sent to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. They ruled the death as a homicide. Police determined that the death was caused by sharp force injuries and the victim had been stabbed over 100 times.
The investigation shows that the MS-13 gang was behind the murder. Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19 was arrested and is being charged with first-degree murder of the victim. He was found in North Carolina on November 11 and arrested on a Montgomery County first-degree murder warrant. Lopez-Abrego is being held without bail.
Police believe as many as 10 gang members took part in the killing.
The investigation remains ongoing and police are still trying to identify the victim.
Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or the victim’s identity to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
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