WASHINGTON — Two more arrests have been made this week in the killing of a teenager connected to MS-13 in Prince William County, Virginia.
Tomas Antonio Pino-Mejia, 19, was arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Frederick, Maryland, Prince William County police said. Then, two days later in Tennessee, police arrested Ismael Antonio Gernandez-Navarro, also 19, after a vehicle stop on Interstate 81.
Both men are facing extradition back to Virginia, police said. And both have been charged with first-degree murder for the death of 18-year-old Miguel Angel Ruiz Carrillo back in August.
Ruiz Carrillo disappeared from a wooded area near his home in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria. His body was found more than two weeks later, an hour away in the area of Nokesville Road and Fauquier Drive in Nokesville. He had MS-13 ties, according to police.
The two suspects are among six people taken into custody in the case, which include Hector Armando Gamez-Amaya, who was arrested in Georgia back in September. Gamez-Amaya is also charged with first-degree murder.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has detainers against the three murder suspects: Gamez-Amaya, Gernandez-Navarro and Pino-Mejia.
Days after Ruiz Carrillo went missing, 20-year-old Jose Vincent-Sosa, 18-year-old Edwin Dinarte Moreno, and a female juvenile were arrested and charged with abduction and gang participation.
Police found Ruiz Carrillo’s body several days after their arrests.
Few details have been released about the killing, but police departments in Prince William and Fairfax counties are working together on the case. Police have said it was not random and is gang-related.
This case is one of several suspected gang-related killings that have occurred in the D.C. area this year, including the murder of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas, whose body was found in a Springfield park in January. Ten people have been charged in connection to her murder.
Anyone with information about this case can call Prince William County police or Prince William County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include details about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.
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