LANGLEY PARK – Prince Georges' County homicide detectives arrested three teenagers Thursday afternoon and charged them with first degree murder for the death of a 19-year-old man on May 10th.
Police say they believe the incident is a gang-related.
The incident occurred when Prince George’s County police and Maryland-National Capital Park police responded to a call at the 1500 block of Quebec St. Upon arrival, police found Akinleye Osafa Warner, a graduate of High Point High School in Beltsville, stabbed to death on the Northwest Branch Trail.
According to Prince George's County Deputy Police Chief Hector Velez, an investigation revealed Warner and an acquaintance went to the park to conduct a drug deal. During the attempted transaction Warner was attacked. Velez said the suspects are gang members who committed the crime in order to gain notoriety within their gang.
Police arrested and charged three suspects—15-year-old Nelson Rivera-Anaya of the 5400 block of Barker Place in Lanham, 14-year-old Angel Contreras of the 1200 block of Lebanon Avenue in Silver Spring and a 13-year-old who cannot be charged as an adult. Rivera-Anaya & Contreras are being held at the Department of Corrections without bond. The 13 year old is being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility.
"It was surprising, but heartbreaking at the same time that someone that young is led down that path" Velez said.
Throughout the investigation, Velez said, the Prince George’s County Police Department has worked closely with county school leaders to ensure the safety of students. Additional patrol resources have been stationed at the affected schools since the crime occurred. The police department has also assigned investigators within the school system to add an additional layer of security. Investigators will share information with school leadership regarding any possible gang activity.
Detectives continue to follow leads in the ongoing case and are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-411-TIPS.