WASHINGTON — Three teenagers have been arrested in connection to a man found dead last week in Montgomery County.
Police say 17-year-old Luis F. Avelar Morales, of Gaithersburg, 19-year-old Daniel Adonai Ramos, of Montgomery Village and 18-year-old Juan Espinal Rapalo, of Gaithersburg, have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony or crime of violence.
Avelar Morales has been charged as an adult.
Roberto Gutierrez Cruz, 22, was found dead in a wooded area behind the 18200 block of Contour Road on Nov. 2. Police say he was shot multiple times.
The three suspects were with the victim in the woods behind Contour Lane on Nov. 1 around 10:30 p.m., according to police.
Investigators are still unsure of the circumstances leading up to Cruz’s death, but believe the suspects are associated with the MS-13 gang. Detectives recovered the gun used in the murder.
Espinal Rapalo and Avelar Morales are being held without bond. Luis Morales has a bond review hearing scheduled for Monday.
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at (240) 773-5070 or call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1 (866) 411-TIPS (8477).
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