Prince George’s police continue search for clues in case of dismembered body in bags

August 25, 2014

Prince George’s County police Monday continued their search for a suspect in the case of a man who was found dismembered and placed in plastic bags at a Laurel apartment complex over the weekend, authorities said.

Police identified the victim as Jacinto Perez, 28, who lived at Arden Pointe Apartments, where the bags were discovered.

Police were called to the area around 9:20 a.m. on Sunday after someone reported finding the body parts, said Officer Nicole Hubbard, a spokeswoman with the police department. Police later identified Perez through fingerprints and other investigative methods, Hubbard said. Police would not elaborate on whether Perez had a criminal record.

Homicide investigators returned to the apartment complex Monday morning, searching for clues and leaving flyers with residents. Authorities say they hope someone will report anything they may have seen that was out of the ordinary, Hubbard said.

“With a crime this disturbing, we’re really relying heavily on the community in this investigation,” Hubbard said. “No detail is too small.”

Hubbard would not say how many bags were discovered in total, though officials reported finding at least two Sunday.

Hubbard said detectives do not believe Perez’s death was as a random act of violence. But the discovery still left residents in the community reeling.

Ayesha Floyd, who said she has lived in the apartment complex for about two years, said police and detectives swarmed the area Sunday morning into the late night searching for clues. Floyd, who has a 14-year-old daughter, said the neighborhood sees its share of crime, but this case was particularly chilling.

“We could be living next door to the person who did it,” Floyd, 33, said. “I hope they get to the bottom of this.”

Josh Boothe lives in a building across from where the bags were first discovered. Boothe said he could see police handling black bags Sunday from the balcony of his apartment.

“How is it that nobody heard anything or thought to call the police?” Boothe wondered. “It’s heart wrenching.”

Apartment resident Timi Quaye said he originally thought the body was dumped in the neighborhood. But after finding out Monday that police identified the victim as someone who lived in the community, Quaye said the crime was even more disturbing.

“To have it happen right here is really scary,” Quaye said. “I never had taken it into consideration that it was someone here.”

Prince George’s County police are asking anyone with information to call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous, and a $25,000 reward is available for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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