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Feds To Prosecute MS-13

Six defendants face multiple charges in similar cases of murder and racketeering

 

Federal authorities say they are prosecuting six local men under federal racketeering statutes following at least three murders in the last two years.

The latest indictment is against one of the defendants in an alleged gang-related murder that took place in Gaithersburg last summer. That man is now being prosecuted in federal court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

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Judge sets bond at $75k for MCPS security guard

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division arrested a man Thursday who was a security officer for Montgomery County Public Schools, on the charge of inappropriate contact with a minor, according to a news release. A County District Court Judge placed the suspect on $75,000 bond Friday.

Police arrested Mark Christopher Yantsos, 57, at his home on the 600 block of Warfield Drive, according to the release. Police charged him with sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sexual offense and then took him to the Central Processing Unit.

“It was reported to us by the school that he (Yantsos) was having an ongoing sexual relationship with a 17-year-old,” Montgomery County Police spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale said.

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Police nab fifth suspect in Gaithersburg homicide

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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.

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Attorney claims consensual sex in Rockville High case

ROCKVILLE – Attorneys for one of the students charged with the rape of a 14-year old girl at Rockville High School say new evidence shows their client is innocent.

At last week’s bond hearing for Jose O. Montano, 17, attorneys representing Montano said text messages between Montano and the 14-year-old girl show that the sex between them was consensual and not rape.

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County police investigating officer-involved shooting in Montgomery Village

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Montgomery County detectives are investigating after an officer fatally shot a man while responding to a reported theft in a Montgomery Village neighborhood on Monday night, according to a news release.

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Man held without bond in connection with suspected chokehold death

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ROCKVILLE – A district court judge on Friday ruled that a Silver Spring man will remain without bond on the charge of murder.

Montgomery County Police investigators arrested 19-year-old Tysean Aaaron Lipford of 13th Street, Silver Spring, Thursday in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Christian Leroy Matthews, his girlfriend’s brother.

District Court Judge James Sarsfield said during the hearing that the man will remain in jail without bond, based on police reports that Lipford confessed to killing Matthews and the fact that the maximum penalty for murder is life in prison. He said he was concerned about the likelihood that Lipford would flee based on the penalty he could later receive.

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Police arrest and charge two male students with rape at high school

Montgomery County Police arrested and charged two male students, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a high school, according to a news release.

The two individuals are being held without bond, according to Montgomery County State’s Attorney Spokesperson Ramon Korionoff.

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10 suspects arrested in connection with Gaithersburg teen’s death

Fairfax County Police said Wednesday that officers took 10 suspects into custody in connection with the death of a Gaithersburg teenager, according to a police news release.

Police charged the suspects with abduction and gang participation, according to the release.

Police said detectives from both Fairfax and Montgomery counties continue to investigate the killing of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg, whose death they confirmed Monday. Her body was found in Springfield, Va.

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