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Arrests made in connection with murder of Northwest High School students

MCPD arrestMontgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announces three arrests made in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announced Saturday night police arrested three people in connection with the murder of students Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, and Artem S. Ziberov, 18, from Northwest High School.

Police arrested Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Roger Garcia, 19, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25. Each was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

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County police investigating double homicide in Montgomery Village

Montgomery County police are investigating a double homicide of two high school students that occurred inside a vehicle on the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village Monday night.

Police identified the victims as a 17-year-old boy, Shadi Adi Najjar of Breezedale Lane in Germantown, and an 18-year-old man, Artem S. Ziberov, of Flag Harbor Drive in Germantown on Tuesday.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said both victims were seniors at Northwest High School and were scheduled to graduate Tuesday.

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Trial date set for Sanchez

Sanchez mug shotHenry Sanchez                 FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge John Debelius set Oct. 24 as the trial date for Henry E. Sanchez, a Rockville High School student formerly charged with rape. He is now charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.

Sanchez, 18, along with Jose O. Montano, was charged with one count of first-degree rape and two counts of sexual assault of a 14-year-old female student at Rockville High School, but the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County decided to drop the charges after an independent investigation showed there was not enough evidence to proceed.

“After a painstaking investigation and review of these matters, we have concluded that the facts of this case do not support the charges originally filed in this matter,” McCarthy said after the state dropped the charges against Sanchez May 4.

While the rape and sexual assault charges have been dropped against Sanchez, he is now being charged with two counts of child pornography.

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MCPS employee charged in sex crime

Security assistant accused of having sex with 14-year-old female student

 

Police charged a public school security assistant with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student following a short investigation this week.

The assistant, charged with sexual abuse of a minor, was released from jail after he posted bond Monday night, County State’s Attorney spokesperson Ramon Korionoff said.

Kimberly Hayden Williams, principal of Col. E. Brook Lee Middle School – where the accused man worked – said she was disturbed by the charges.

“These charges are troubling and completely unacceptable, particularly given that security staff are placed in schools to keep students safe,” she said. “The charges represent a violation of the core values of our school and school system.”

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Sanchez waives preliminary hearing for trial

ROCKVILLE -- An attorney for Henry E. Sanchez, one of the students charged with the rape of a 14- year-old girl at Rockville High School, waived his preliminary hearing Friday.

David Hollenberg, one of the attorneys representing Sanchez, said last week he expects that a grand jury will indict his client.

“When the time does come, Mr. Sanchez will testify in front of 12 voters pulled from the rolls of the Motor Vehicle Administration that are residents in Montgomery County and he will testify to that – to indicate that this was purely a consensual sexual encounter,” Hollenber said.

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Feds To Prosecute MS-13

Six defendants face multiple charges in similar cases of murder and racketeering

 

Federal authorities say they are prosecuting six local men under federal racketeering statutes following at least three murders in the last two years.

The latest indictment is against one of the defendants in an alleged gang-related murder that took place in Gaithersburg last summer. That man is now being prosecuted in federal court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

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Cellphone helps lead to murder conviction

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ROCKVILLE – A man and woman each face up to 30 years in prison after the Circuit Court jury found them both guilty of second-degree murder of the woman’s husband, State’s Attorney spokesperson Ramon Korionoff said Friday.

The jury spent more than 11 hours over two days discussing the case, Korionoff said. The pair’s sentencing date is July 25.

Takoma Park Police arrested Larlane Pannell-Brown, age 70, and Hussain Ali Zadeh, 50, in June 2015 for the murder of Cecil Brown, Panell-Brown’s husband, according to court documents. The arrests followed a months-long investigation after police found Brown dead in the woman’s backyard in August 2014.

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Judge sets bond at $75k for MCPS security guard

Yantsos-225x300Mark Yantsos. COURTESY PHOTO  

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division arrested a man Thursday who was a security officer for Montgomery County Public Schools, on the charge of inappropriate contact with a minor, according to a news release. A County District Court Judge placed the suspect on $75,000 bond Friday.

Police arrested Mark Christopher Yantsos, 57, at his home on the 600 block of Warfield Drive, according to the release. Police charged him with sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sexual offense and then took him to the Central Processing Unit.

“It was reported to us by the school that he (Yantsos) was having an ongoing sexual relationship with a 17-year-old,” Montgomery County Police spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale said.

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Police nab fifth suspect in Gaithersburg homicide

Jose Coreas VenturaJose Coreas Ventura. FILE PHOTO  

Police arrested a fifth suspect March 28 in connection with a Gaithersburg homicide that occurred in June, said a Montgomery County Police spokesperson.

Montgomery County Police had an outstanding arrest warrant for Jose Coreas Ventura, 20, in connection with the homicide of Christian Antonio Villagran-Morales in Gaithersburg, when Bedford County Police took him to the Sheriff’s office March 28, spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale said.

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