Six Indicted as Gang Members in Killing of Md. Teen

By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 18, 2009; 6:20 PM

Montgomery County prosecutors secured murder indictments today against six people who had been previously charged in connection with the slaying in January of a 15-year-old who was stabbed 72 times and dumped in a Gaithersburg creek.

For the first time in Montgomery, a county grand jury also indicted the defendants under a 2007 law that allows judges to sentence gang members who commit violent crimes to an additional 20 years in prison.

"We've been looking for an appropriate case, and this is it," State's Attorney John McCarthy said.

Montgomery officials identified the indicted suspects as: Francis "Dreamer" Artiga-Cardoza, David "Bulldog" Lozano, Ysaud "Snyder" Flores, Edwin "Piper" Lopez, Joel "Clone" Ventura-Quintanilla, and Silvia "Crazy" Martinez. They were each charged with murder, participation in gang activity resulting in death, kidnapping, participation in gang activity resulting in kidnapping and other offenses.

At least four other suspects were also previously charged in connection with the January slaying. They were not indicted today, and authorities say the investigation is continuing.

The victim, Dennys Guzman-Saenz, was found dead in the creek. Authorities said he was killed because members of the 18th Street gang wrongly believed he was a member of another gang, MS-13.

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