According to The Washington Post, Miguel "Timido" Angel Lopez-Abrego, a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador, has been charged with first-degree murder and is now being kept in jail as police pursue other suspects. Allegedly among them, Miguel "Timido" Angel Lopez-Abrego, who authorities recently arrested in North Carolina on November 11.
Court documents do not specify what motive the alleged killers had to commit the crime.
The group lured an as-yet unidentified male victim into a local Wheaton park, stabbed him over 100 times, decapitated him, and removed his heart from his body.
The Maryland Police who has recovered the dead body from a grave in the Wheaton Regional Park on the outskirts of Washington DC on Tuesday.
Investigators believe Lopez-Abrego was the first attacker to stab the victim in the chest with a 15-inch knife. His heart was cut out of his chest and then thrown into a pre-dug grave. The victim's identity has yet to be confirmed, police said.
FOX 5 has learned Lopez-Abrego was a student at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, but withdrew from the school a year ago.
The suspect Lopez is staying illegally in the U.S. and is from El Salvadoran said the Immigration officers. ICE has now lodged a detainer against him following his arrest.
"The body was exhumed and the condition of the victim's remains were consistent with the injuries [the informant] said were inflicted upon him". He has short, dark brown hair.
He was wearing a sweatshirt, and those who knew him would have noticed he was missing a lower tooth near the front of his mouth, police said. Lopez-Abrego was extradited to Maryland.
"These same gang members are taking advantage of immigrant communities in which they live-committing acts of horrendous violence against its residents, attracting violence from rival gangs, extorting small businesses, peddling street level narcotics, and coopting the youth and recruiting them into this gang", he said.
Montgomery County's State's Attorney John McCarthy has said MS-13 has been implicated in up to 18 murders over the past two years in Montgomery County.