Two more Laurel teens arrested in connection with man's death

September 20, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two more Laurel teen-agers have been arrested on murder charges in connection with a brutal group attack on a Salvadoran immigrant dishwasher there two weeks ago, police reported.

The suspects arrested Friday -- identified as Steven Wayne Darby, 16, of the 11600 block of S. Laurel Drive, and David Eugene Burley, 19, of the 15100 block of Kalmia Drive -- bring to seven the number of teen-agers jailed in the death of Gilberto Hernandez, 35.

Like the others, Darby and Burley were charged with murder, armed robbery and assault.

Laurel police said Hernandez had left work at the Four Seasons Buffet restaurant shortly before midnight on Sept. 4 with two friends when they were confronted by a group of knife-wielding youths demanding money. The trio fled, but Hernandez was caught, knocked to the pavement, kicked and stomped. He died four days later of massive head and brain injuries.

Officers arrested Darby at 10 a.m. Friday at Laurel High School, where he is a sophomore, and Burley surrendered to the police at 3: 15 p.m. at their request, authorities said.

Police said they are trying to determine who did the kicking or caused the injuries blamed for the death of Hernandez, a father of five daughters who worked long hours at the minimum-wage job to send money to his family.

Pub Date: 9/20/98

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