Two Minors Among Suspects Charged in Silver Spring Shooting

      Bryan Santos, 20

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives charged three people with the Jan. 5 shooting on Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring.

Elias Salmeron, 16, Bryan Santos, 20, and Brayan Josue Villatoro, 15, were charged. Salmeron and Villatoro were charged as adults. All three are from Washington, D.C. They were charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and firearm offenses.

Surveillance video led detectives to identify Villatoro, and Metropolitan Police detectives helped identify Salmeron and Santos.

Santos was arrested on Jan. 31, and Villatoro on Feb. 3. Both are being held without bond. Salmeron was arrested on Feb. 5 in D.C. and will be extradited to Montgomery County. 

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About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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