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Baltimore County Police arrest three more people in MS-13-linked Towson killing, 10 suspects now charged

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski talks his office effects to fight crime in the county.

Baltimore County Police arrested three more people for the July killing of a 21-year-old man in Towson that investigators say is tied to the MS-13 gang. Ten people have now been arrested, the department said Thursday.

Police said Cockeysville residents Hugo Leonel Martinez-Vasquez, 22; Jose Alexi Villacorta-Rivas, 19; and Yoni Membreno-Parada, 17, were charged with first-degree murder and are being held on no bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Villacorta-Rivas is being represented by a public defender but court records did not specify who. No attorney was listed for the other two individuals.

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Last Tuesday, police arrested and charged seven MS-13 members with murdering Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar. Police said they don’t expect any more arrests in the case.

County detectives said members of MS-13 stalked Cuellar on his way home from the laundromat July 30 and stabbed him to death outside his apartment off Loch Raven Boulevard. One of the individuals had a machete-style knife, police said.

Detectives traced Cuellar back to the laundromat and recovered surveillance footage that showed him being watched and followed. They said those stalking Cuellar traveled in a white 2008 Dodge Caliber. Nearly two weeks later, police stopped the car in Mississippi and arrested the occupants. Detectives wrote that they matched the occupants to those seen on the video cameras.

Records showed the Caliber had also been stopped by an unnamed police agency several days prior to Cuellar’s murder. Police used body worn camera footage to match a man in the car during that earlier stop — not identified — to a suspect seen in security camera footage around the laundromat the night of the murder.

“That subject was wearing the same distinctive hat and clothing on both days,” court documents said.

Investigators attributed the killing to a war between two Latino street gangs, 18th Street and MS-13. Charging documents in the other cases said Cuellar made a hand gesture that was affiliated with the 18th Street gang.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not respond immediately to questions about the immigration status of the three suspects arrested this week. The agency said six of the seven suspects arrested last week are in the U.S. illegally.

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