Two arrested in gang-related killing in Capitol Heights

April 22, 2013

Prince George’s County police have arrested two men in the gang-related killing of a 23-year-old Capitol Heights man last month, authorities said Monday.

Juan Alberto Ortiz-Orellana, 24, and Jorge Enrique Moreno-Aguilar, 19, both of District Heights were charged with first-degree murder and related counts in the March 12 shooting of Erick Amilicar Mendez-Orellana, who was shot as he walked to his home in the 4900 block of Marlboro Pike. Police said Mendez-Orellana, who is of no relation to Ortiz-Orellana, had ties to the 18th Street gang, and that is believed to have played a role in his killing. They declined to say what, if any, gangs the suspects were affiliated with.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators first took Ortiz-Orellana into custody Thursday on unrelated charges, and he “admitted his involvement” in the slaying, authorities said. He also gave detectives information that led them to Moreno-Aguilar, who was arrested Friday, authorities said.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.
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