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.

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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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