Update: Sixth Suspect Arrested for Wheaton Homicide

Jose Luis Lainez-Martinez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Jose Luis Lainez-Martinez, age 26, of the 10300 block of Tulsa Drive in Adelphi, for the May 26 homicide of 29-year-old Francisco Anton Medrano-Campos. 

Detectives had previously arrested and charged Carlos Andres Orellana, age 21, of the 2200 block of Greenery Lane in Silver Spring, Daniel E. Huezo Landaverde, age 19, of the 12300 block of Bush Drive in Silver Spring, Oscar Effrain Zavala-Urrea, age 19, of the 3400 block of Hampton Hollow Drive in Silver Spring, Romeo Almengor Oxlaj-Lopez, age 20, of the 2300 block of Glenallen Avenue in Silver Spring, and Victor Alfonso Cruz-Orellana, age 21, of the 2700 block of Randolph Road in Silver Spring, for Medrano-Campos’ murder.

On Tuesday, May 26, at approximately 7:07 am, officers from the 4th District were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred in the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.  Upon arriving on the scene, officers discovered Medrano-Campos suffering from gunshot wounds.  Lifesaving efforts were taken, but Medrano-Campos succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

During the investigation, detectives identified Orellana, Landaverde, Zavala-Urrea, Oxlaj-Lopez, Cruz-Orellana, and Lainez-Martinez as the suspects in Medrano-Campos’ homicide.  Investigators obtained arrest warrants for the six suspects charging them with one count each of first-degree murder.

On June 29, Lainez-Martinez was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.  Lainez-Martinez is being held without bond.

 

Suspect Arrested for Burtonsville Area Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Denzel Massamba Kasaka, age, 22, of Twig Terrace in Silver Spring, with the first-degree murder of 20-year-old Jose Augusto Ruiz of Lisage Way in Silver Spring.

On Sunday, June 14, at approximately 11:46 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the report of an unconscious male who was bleeding inside of a vehicle in a parking lot located in the 13700 block of Avonshire Drive.  Officers located the victim, later identified as Ruiz, inside of a vehicle with cutting injuries to his body.  He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officers located witnesses to the homicide at the scene and obtained video surveillance of the incident.  Investigation determined that at approximately 10:40 p.m., Ruiz and another adult were in Ruiz’ car in a parking lot on Avonshire Drive.  Kasaka drove to the parking lot and he and Ruiz began to argue.  The argument became physical and Kasaka stabbed Ruiz.  Detectives do not believe that this homicide is random.

Ruiz’ body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted.

On the evening of June 16, Kasaka was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant charging him with first-degree murder.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit.

Denzel Kasaka

Update: Five Suspects Arrested for Wheaton Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Carlos Andres Orellana, age 21, of the 2200 block of Greenery Lane in Silver Spring, Daniel E. Huezo Landaverde, age 19, of the 12300 block of Bush Drive in Silver Spring, Oscar Effrain Zavala-Urrea, age 19, of the 3400 block of Hampton Hollow Drive in Silver Spring, Romeo Almengor Oxlaj-Lopez, age 20, of the 2300 block of Glenallen Avenue in Silver Spring, and Victor Alfonso Cruz-Orellana, age 21, of the 2700 block of Randolph Road in Silver Spring, for the May 26 homicide of 29-year-old Francisco Anton Medrano-Campos.

On Tuesday, May 26, at approximately 7:07 am, officers from the 4th District were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred in the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.  Upon arriving on the scene, officers discovered Medrano-Campos suffering from gunshot wounds.  Lifesaving efforts were taken, but Medrano-Campos succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

During the investigation, detectives identified Orellana, Landaverde, Zavala-Urrea, Oxlaj-Lopez, and Cruz-Orellana as the suspects in Medrano-Campos’ homicide.

Investigators obtained arrest warrants for the suspects charging them with one count each of first-degree murder.

On June 5, the suspects were arrested and are being held without bond.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with additional information regarding Francisco Anton Medrano-Campos’ homicide is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Carlos Andres Orellana

Daniel E. Huezo Landaverde

Oscar Effrain Zavala-Urrea

Romeo Almengor Oxlaj-Lopez

Victor Alfonso Cruz-Orellana

Detectives Investigate Homicide in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating the homicide of a 29-year-old male that occurred yesterday morning in Wheaton.

On Tuesday, May 26, at approximately 7:07 am, officers from the 4th District were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred in the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.  Upon arriving on the scene, officers discovered an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds.  Lifesaving efforts were taken, but the victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

Witnesses described two men leaving the scene of the shooting just after it occurred.  Officers from the 4th District and the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

The victim is being identified as Francisco Anton Medrano Campos, age 29, of the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.  His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for examination.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate this incident.  Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Update: Victim Identified in Balmoral Drive Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the May 11 homicide of a 23-year-old female that occurred on Balmoral Drive in the White Oak.  The homicide victim has been identified as Linh Ngoc Thai Pham.  Pham had been temporarily staying in Florida prior to visiting the house on Balmoral Drive.   Investigators continue to work to determine her home address.

On Monday, May 11, at approximately 3:22 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 900 block of Balmoral Drive reporting a possible stabbing at a neighboring home.  3rd District officers who arrived at the scene located Pham, another adult female victim, and an adult male victim inside a home on Balmoral Drive.  Pham and the additional female victim were suffering from injuries related to a stabbing.  The male victim was suffering from assault-related injuries.  Biet Van Tran, age 63, of the 900 block of Balmoral Drive was located at the scene and immediately arrested.

Pham was declared deceased at the scene.  The second female victim was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  The male victim was treated by Fire and Rescue personnel at the scene for his injuries.

The preliminary investigation determined that Pham and the two additional victims are Florida and had been staying at that residence on Balmoral Drive for the past few days.

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