Two Gaithersburg teenagers have been charged with murder. One lured a teen to a park with the promise of sex and killed him, police say.
Gaithersburg, MD — Two people with ties to the El Salvadoran gang MS-13 operating in Montgomery County have been charged with murder in the death of an 18-year-old man whose body was found in a Gaithersburg park, officials said.
At a press conference Thursday, police released the names of two gang members suspected of stabbing the victim to death and addressed escalating gang violence in Montgomery County.
Officers were called to Malcolm King Park, 1200 West Side Drive, on June 17 for the report of a death. First responders located the victim, Cristian Antonio Villagran Morales of Gaithersburg.
Two suspects who were arrested and charged on July 1 with first-degree murder in the homicide are:
- Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez, 16, of Queen Victoria Court in Gaithersburg, who was charged as an adult
- Vanesa Alvarado, 19, of Lakeworth Drive in Gaithersburg
Both suspects are in custody on $1 million bond.
At the press conference, Capt. Darren Francke, director of the Major Crimes Division of the Montgomery County Police Department, said investigators are looking for two more suspects in Villagran Morales’ death.
The victim was stabbed more than 40 times after Alvarado allegedly lured him to the park by promising to have sex with him, Francke said. Once Villagran Morales arrived, gang members asked him to go into the woods with them to smoke marijuana, where he was killed.
The additional suspects wanted on arrest warrants for first-degree murder in the death of Villigran Morales are Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez, 27, of an unknown address, and Jose Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, 20, of an unknown address. The men should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
Both are on the run and were last known to be in the Wheaton area, Francke said. He believes the suspects know police are looking for them.
“This is very serious to us. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, we take murder seriously, it will not be accepted in Montgomery County,” Francke said.
The victim was from New Jersey and was working as a landscaper in the area while he lived with some cousins. He was not a member of the local gang, Francke said.
His senseless death came about after “he got involved with the wrong young lady,” Francke said. The gang decided to “assassinate” Villagran Morales. Police wouldn’t elaborate on why he was targeted.