Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division have arrested Jesus Ponce Flores, age 18, of Takoma Park, Maryland, and David Lagunes-Bolanos, age 17, of Silver Spring, Maryland, for the homicide of 20-year-old Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra. Lagunes-Bolanos is being charged as an adult. Guerra’s body was located by a hiker on Wednesday, September 6 in a creek in the Long Branch Stream Valley Park in Silver Spring. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide by multiple stab wounds.
The investigation revealed that on September 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m., the victim left his residence after telling his mom that he was going to meet a friend. At approximately 10:00 p.m., the victim’s mother attempted to contact the victim on his cell phone but it appeared that the phone was off. The victim did not return home and was not heard from again. Detectives determined that the “friend” the victim was planning on meeting that night was Lagunes-Bolanos.
During the investigation, detectives received information that this homicide was committed by MS-13 criminal street gang members to include Flores and Lagunes-Bolanos.
Flores and Lagunes-Bolanos have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. They were arrested on October 17 and transported to the Central Processing Unit. They are being held without bond.
*A photo of David Lagunes-Bolanos will not be released because he is a juvenile.