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Fifth Suspect Arrested for 2016 Gaithersburg Park Homicide

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Major Crimes Division have arrested a fifth suspect for the homicide of 18-year-old Cristian Antonio Villagran-Morales that occurred in the Malcolm King Park located at 1200 West Side Drive in Gaithersburg and that was discovered on June 17, 2016.

Jose Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, age 20, was arrested as a fugitive from justice on Tuesday, March 28, in Bedford County, Virginia.  Coreas Ventura has been charged with first-degree murder via a Montgomery County warrant.  Coreas Ventura is currently in the custody of the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.  Four suspects had previously been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the homicide of Villagran-Morales.

The four suspects previously arrested:

  • Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez, age 16, of Queen Victoria Court in Gaithersburg (charged as an adult) - arrested on July 1, 2016
  • Vanesa Alvarado, age 19, of Lakeworth Drive in Gaithersburg - arrested on July 1, 2016
  • Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez, of an unconfirmed address - arrested on September 7, 2016

  • Josue Fermin Caudra-Quintanilla, age 18, of Hyattsville, - arrested on February 3, 2017
Detectives consider this homicide to be gang-related; All five suspects are believed to be associated with the criminal gang MS-13, and Alvarado and Gutierrez-Vasquez, upon their arrest, stated to detectives that they believed the victim to be a member of a rival gang.

This homicide investigation is ongoing and therefore additional information will not be released at this time.


Previous Press Releases:

Police Investigate Homicide, Body Located in Gaithersburg Park

Advisory - Press Conference Today: Two Suspects Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Homicide; Two Additional Suspects Wanted

Two Suspects Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Homicide; Two Additional Suspects Wanted

Update: Third Suspect Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Homicide; Fourth Suspect Wanted'

A Fourth Suspect Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Homicide; One Additional Suspect Wanted

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Release ID: 17-092
Media Contact: mcpnews 
Categories: homicide