Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 14, 2006

Police seek suspected MS-13 gang members in January killings

Four suspected MS-13 gang members face first-degree murder charges in the stabbing deaths this year of two men whose bodies were found near a school in Arbutus, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Police said the killings are apparently the first MS-13-related deaths in the county. They said while the suspects believed the victims were rival gang members, investigators have found no evidence to support that.

"These guys are innocent victims," said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman.

In the early-morning hours of Jan. 8, Herrim Geovanny Alverez Salmaron, 26, and Hever Joel Gonzalez Garcia, 27, were at Club Mate and Lounge in the 3600 block of S. Hanover St. in Baltimore, county police said. After leaving the bar, surveillance cameras captured a group of people approaching the two men, county police said.

Later that morning, the two men, both of the 2600 block of Virginia Ave., were found stabbed multiple times in a sports field behind Arbutus Middle School, police said.

William E. Ayala Salmeron, 20, and Jose Hernandez-Aguilar, 24, with no known address, are being detained out of state on unrelated charges, county police said. Police said they are searching for Victor Alfonso Argueta, 21, and Carlos Flores Garcia, 19, both with no known address. Argueta and Garcia, police say, could be out of the state.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

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