Police nab fifth suspect in Gaithersburg homicide Featured

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.

“If Bedford County has any charges of their own ... he would go through their court system first on their charges,” Goodale said.

Bedford County police officers are holding Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, at The Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority in Virginia, according to a Bedford County Police Sheriff’s Office news release.

Investigators from the office attained second-degree murder warrants for three men including Coreas Ventura after being directed to do so by Bedford Commonwealth Attorney Wes Nance, according to the release.

“Our investigation into this incident has determined that this is not a random act and has a connection to narcotics-related activity,” said Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Chief Raul Diaz in a joint statement March 31. “There is no current concern for the safety of the general public in the City of Lynchburg or Bedford County.”

Police also arrested Victor A. Rodas, 19, of Lynchburg, Va., and Lisandro A. Vasquez, 24, of Maryland on second-degree murder warrants.

Goodale said Coreas Ventura will likely move through the legal process in Virginia before returning to Montgomery County.



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