Teenager Charged in Double Homicide at Wheaton Mall
Video surveillance footage catches fight, stabbing, police say
Updated, 11 a.m. Friday: A 17-year-old from Montgomery Village was charged Wednesday afternoon in the deaths of two men stabbed at Westfield Wheaton mall Tuesday, Montgomery County police said.
Angelo Lamont Jackson of Hawk Run Terrace was charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder, according to a police department press release.
The stabbings occurred about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Police, as well as fire and rescue personnel, responded to the mall and found two men who had been stabbed on the lower level. They were taken to area hospitals where both died from their injuries, police said.
One of the victims was identified as Angel Alfredo Pineda-Gomez, 24, of Silver Spring, police said. The second victim was identified as Kevin Siloe Moya Cruz, 22, of Wheaton, police said.
Investigators spoke with witnesses and reviewed mall surveillance footage, police said. Video surveillance recorded Jackson and the two victims fighting. The fight was broken up by mall patrons, police said.
The video also captured a man with a knife stabbing one victim and then pursuing the second, police said. Investigators shared a still photograph from the video with other county police officers and several officers were able to identify the man with the knife as Jackson because they'd had prior contact with him, police said.
Investigators obtained a warrant for Jackson’s arrest shortly after midnight Wednesday, police said. Jackson was arrested as he left his home. He is being held without bail, police said.
Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the stabbings.
Police urge anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For anyone who wishes to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County can be reached at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
Police will not release a mug shot of Jackson because he is a juvenile, according to the press release.