Crime (133)

10 suspects arrested in connection with Gaithersburg teen’s death

Fairfax County Police said Wednesday that officers took 10 suspects into custody in connection with the death of a Gaithersburg teenager, according to a police news release.

Police charged the suspects with abduction and gang participation, according to the release.

Police said detectives from both Fairfax and Montgomery counties continue to investigate the killing of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg, whose death they confirmed Monday. Her body was found in Springfield, Va.


Five arrested in Gaithersburg murder

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Montgomery County police arrested five people in connection with the murder of 22-year-old New Jersey man Jordy Mejia, which police believe is gang-related.

Police charged Neris Moreno, 19 years old of West New York; Nj; Jackelin Leiba-Esperanza, 16 of Brentwood, Maryland; Reynaldo A Granados-Vasquez, 21, of Gaithersburg; Jose Israel Melendez-Rivera, 18 of Montgomery Village; and Katerine Solorzano-Aparicio, 17, of Hyattsville with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.


Christian rap artist sentenced

ROCKVILLE -- After being convicted of second-degree murder for ramming William Dean McDaniel with his car, Ryan Anthony Salandy was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Anne Korbel Albright sentenced Salandy, 23, to 18 years in prison with the possibility of parole after nine. Salandy was also sentenced to five years of supervised probation after his prison sentence, in which he will have to complete a face-to-face anger management program.


Tomaszewski smirks in court as he's sentenced to life without parole

ROCKVILLE  Immediately after being sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his neighbors, Scott Tomaszewski turned toward the court’s gallery and smirked twice before being led out by sheriff’s deputies.

Before he was sentenced, Tomaszewski, 32, who pleaded guilty to the murder of Richard “Dick” and Julianne “Jody” Vilardo in May of 2015, said he was remorseful for what he did. Tomaszewski cited a history of neglected mental health treatment, alcohol addiction and a near-death experience as the reasons why he broke into his neighbors’ home — neighbors he had known since he was a kid — and stabbed them to death.

“I don’t know what dark part of your soul caused you do this,” said Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge John Debelius before he sentenced Tomaszewski to two consecutive life sentences, one without the possibility of parole.

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