Four more suspects arrested in Contreras killing in Manassas

The four men wanted in the killing of a Manassas man on Sunday have all been arrested, bringing the total to six people charged with the gang-related murder.

Manassas police announced on Wednesday that they were seeking Juan Francisco Guevara, 24, who they said goes by the nickname “Blade,” Mario Antonio Portillo, 25, known as “Joker,” Argenes Sandoval, 22, known as “Payaso” and an unnamed male 17-year-old from Randallstown, Md.

On Friday, the police department announced that Guevara, Portillo and the juvenile suspect were arrested in Baltimore on Wednesday evening with the assistance of the U. S. Marshals Service, Immigration Customs Enforcement and Baltimore County Police.

Sandoval was arrested on Friday with assistance from the Northern Virginia Gang Taskforce, U.S. Marshals Service and Prince William County Police, Manassas police said.

Earlier in the week, Ludwig Ulises Mena Romero, 20, of Manassas and Jose Rafael Ramirez Lopez, 18, of Northwest Washington were apprehended.

All six men have been charged with murder in the death of Cesar B. Contreras, 26, who was found near a dumpster on Nicol Lane on Sunday morning.

Contreras’ death is Manassas’ first homicide reported in 2014.

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Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.
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