Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, was arrested in the death of a man who was found decapitated, and his heart removed
Authorities in Maryland have in custody a 19-year-old member of the MS-13 gang in connection with the stabbing death of an unidentified man whose decapitated body was found with the heart removed, in a Montgomery County park.
Police believe about 10 members of the gang lured the victim out to a park in Wheaton, where they stabbed him more than 100 times before burying him in a grave in the woods, the Washington Post reported.
The baby-faced suspect, Miguel “Timido” Angel Lopez-Abrego, is believed to be one of the killers. Authorities arrested Lopez-Abrego in North Carolina on November 11. He has since been extradited to Maryland and has a bond review slated for Wednesday afternoon.
According to a WJLA report, the victim was likely killed between December 2016 and March 2017, according to police. They discovered his body in the shallow grave on September 5.
On the day of the killing, a gang member allegedly “waited near the edge of the wood line with a handheld walkie-talkie radio to alert” the others when the victim approached, according to court records.
The victim’s shirt
He was also wearing a rosary
Once the victim arrived, he was stabbed, decapitated and they later learned “his heart had been excised from his chest and thrown into the grave” according to police sources.
The first attacker allegedly, stabbed the victim in the chest with a 15-inch knife, police said.
He was also discovered with a missing tooth, which officials said may suggest he was either speaking or smiling at the time of his death.
The victim, who authorities are still working to identify, was described as a 5-foot-2 Hispanic male, weighing around 126 pounds.
The body was recovered wearing a gray sweatshirt with the words, “First United Methodist Church Laurel” and blue athletic shorts with the number 19 on them underneath a pair of black sweatpants. He was also wearing a rosary.