March 15, 2018 | Staff Writer

Silver Spring Man Convicted for Role in Gang Murder, Prosecutors Say

A federal jury Wednesday convicted a Silver Spring man in connection with gang activity. Prosecutors believe the man is a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Raul Ernesto Landaverde-Giron was found guilty of murder in aid of racketeering, and for that charge he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, according to a […]

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March 8, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Police Seek MS-13 Gang Member in Connection with Cash Depot Robbery

Montgomery County police hope the public can help them find a 24-year-old man wanted in conjunction with an attempted armed robbery, police said Thursday. Investigators have determined that the man, Jose Guilermo Molina-Arevelo, is an MS-13 gang member, according to a police statement. Molina-Arevelo (also known as “Malandro”) had a last known address of 11200 […]

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February 13, 2018 | Staff Writer

Three Aspen Hill Men, Allegedly Part of MS-13, Indicted on Racketeering Charges

Three Aspen Hill men have been indicted in connection with a conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and murder in aid of racketeering: Daniel Flores-Ventura, aka “Necio,” 24; Vilas Sail Argueta-Bermudez, aka “Happy,” aka “Little Happy,” aka “Enchilada,” 31; and Michael Campos-Lemus, aka “Humilde,” 24. A fourth man, Willians Ernesto Lovos-Ayala, aka “Tigre,” […]

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December 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

The Year in Crime: Gangs, Murders, Sex Assaults (Video)

Headlines for gang violence dominated 2017, with bodies found in parks and youths getting lengthy prison terms for orchestrating attacks. “In context, you have to remember that Montgomery County overall is still a very safe place to live. Our crime rate is substantially down. … When you see an aberration in violent crime in one […]

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December 11, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Council Urging Congress To Extend Immigration Programs (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Council will urge Congress on Tuesday to extend two immigration programs that have helped county residents — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Temporary Protective Status programs. The support for the programs, however, is different than the county’s desire to fight MS-13. “There are those out there, including the president of […]

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December 1, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two Others Charged in Wheaton Park Slaying

Montgomery County police have arrested a man and a woman for the death of an unidentified person found in Wheaton Regional Park, a police statement issued Friday said. Police had previously charged Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, with murder in the slaying. Lopez-Abrego remains held without bail at the Montgomery County Detention Center, according to online […]

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November 22, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Alleged MS-13 Member Held Without Bail for Murder

The defendant facing first-degree murder charges for killing a man then burying him in Wheaton Regional Park will remain jailed without bail after a decision by a Montgomery County District Court judge Wednesday. Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a 19-year-old who is believed to be an MS-13 member, was arrested Nov. 11 near Banner Elk, North Carolina, […]

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November 22, 2017 | Staff Writer

19-Year-Old Arrested for Slaying; Body Found at Wheaton Regional Park

A 19-year-old was arrested in North Carolina in the slaying of a man whose body was discovered in September in Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery County police said in a statement. Police said Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, of an unconfirmed address, has been charged with the first-degree murder of the victim, whose identity has not been […]

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October 21, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Top 10 for Oct. 13-19

Public safety news once again dominated our Top 10 stories, based on web traffic, for the past week. But we also have a football game, Montgomery County Board of Education mulling a new calendar, gubernatorial candidates and the County Council’s thoughts on the merger of two gas companies. Guidance Counselor Charged With Committing Sex Offenses […]

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October 19, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two Teenagers Arrested for Homicide; Body Found in Park

Montgomery County police have arrested two teenagers, both members of the MS-13 criminal street gang, for the homicide of a man whose body was found in a Silver Spring park last month. Jesus Ponce Flores, 18, of Takoma Park, and David Lagunes-Bolanos, 17, of Silver Spring, have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to […]

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