Federal Prosecutors Charge MS-13 Gang Members Suspected in Wheaton Regional Park Death
Racketeering indictment lists alleged crimes against 18 victims
Albaro Armando Rosa-Moreno and Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego
Montgomery County Police, U.S. Marshals
Two suspected gang members accused of a gruesome murder in Wheaton have been charged federally as part of a broader racketeering indictment of an MS-13 clique.
Montgomery County police and prosecutors say that Albaro Armando Rosa-Moreno of Silver Spring and Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego are responsible for the March 2017 fatal stabbing of a man at Wheaton Regional Park.
A 28-page indictment of 21 suspected MS-13 members was recently unsealed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and detailed the crime.
Prosecutors say a man, identified only as Victim 13, was lured to a wooded area of the park, where he was met by Rosa-Moreno, Lopez-Abrego and other MS-13 members, who stabbed him more than 100 times and then dismembered him, removed his heart and buried him in a shallow grave.
The indictment details the crimes against 18 victims, including five murdered in Montgomery, Frederick and Anne Arundel Counties. Other crimes detailed in the indictment include brutal assaults, kidnapping and extortion. Three of the victims killed were dismembered.
Nine of the victims—all identified by number only—were harmed in the Wheaton area, according to the indictment:
Victim 5 was stabbed and killed in Wheaton on Aug. 31, 2015;
MS-13 members attempted to murder Victim 9 on July 4, 2016, at Wheaton Regional Park;
Victim 10 was shot at several times in Wheaton a few days later;
On Dec. 14, 2016, Victims 11 and 12 were shot at in Montgomery County; and
On June 14, 2017, Victims 15, 16 and 17 were assaulted, all in Wheaton.
In the unsealed indictment, 21 people are charged with conspiracy to participate in MS-13 or La Mara Salvatrucha. A smaller number of defendants face additional charges.
Lopez-Abrego and the others indicted were members and associates of the Fulton or FLS Clique of MS-13. Rosa-Moreno was a member and associate of the Parkview or PVLS Clique.
Lopez-Abrego and Rosa-Moreno were previously charged in Montgomery County Circuit Court for the March 31, 2017, murder. They both face a racketeering charge in federal court, which carries a standard maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, though life sentences are permitted if prosecutors prove special circumstances.
Two other men charged in the federal indictment, Jose Alberto Sibrian-Garcia and Edwin Ruiz Urrutia, who lived in Montgomery County, previously faced attempted second-degree murder charges in Montgomery County District Court for the June 14, 2017, assault.
Danny Hernandez Solorzano, also facing federal racketeering charges, is charged in Montgomery County Circuit Court with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
In addition to the racketeering charge, Rosa-Moreno and Ruiz Urrutia are also charged federally with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, along with others.
The names of six other defendants charged in the racketeering conspiracy remain sealed.