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Anne Arundel police make arrest in killing at Popeye's

By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun

7:02 PM EDT, September 2, 2014

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Police have charged a 26-year-old Baltimore man in the stabbing death of a coworker at the Popeye's fast-food restaurant in Brooklyn Park.

Anne Arundel County Police charged Moises Gomez-Castillo, 26, of Baltimore, with first- and second-degree murder in the killing of Luzviminda Monreal, 47, of Laurel, at the restaurant on Richie Highway.

Police believe Gomez-Castillo killed Monreal while attempting a robbery.

"She, unfortunately, was the person in the way of him accomplishing that mission," said Anne Arundel Police spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith.

A manager found Monreal's body in a storage room when he arrived Sunday morning to open the restaurant. A medical examiner concluded the woman died of "multiple sharp force injuries."

Gomez-Castillo has worked at the restaurant for about seven years, police said. Monreal worked there for more than 25. They worked there together over the weekend.

Police said they received a call from Anne Arundel Fire Department personnel saying a man came to a nearby fire station seeking treatment for a cut on his hand.

Firefighters told police the man did not say how the injury occurred. Police said they the firefighters were shown images from a restaurant surveillance camera and identified Gomez-Castillo as the man who came to the station, police said.

Gomez-Castillo was arrested Monday in Annapolis. He was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center late Tuesday. Police said they recovered an undisclosed amount of money they believe was taken during the incident.

Smith said many customers, neighbors and police officers knew Monreal. He called the crime "a senseless act of violence [against] a hard-working woman."