The man accused in the high-profile slaying of a Muslim girl from Fairfax County admitted his role in the June killing and led detectives to the body of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in a pond, according to a newly unsealed search warrant.

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was taken into custody after a teen who was with Nabra on June 18 identified Torres’s car sitting in a parking lot near the scene where the Reston teen was abducted, according to the search warrant.

There were blood stains on the back-seat and passenger-side door of the red Pontiac sedan, according to the search warrant. Torres was shirtless and was not wearing shoes when officers asked him to get out of the car and took him into custody.

The search warrant says officers also found eyeglasses and sandals — possibly stained with blood — and a blood stain on the sidewalk near where Nabra was last seen in the Herndon area on Dranesville Road.


Nabra Hassanen, 17, was killed after services at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Sterling, Va., on June 18. (Family photo)

The search warrant, filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court, and two others unsealed in Loudoun County provide fresh details about a brutal killing that gained national attention and sparked vigils in cities from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Nabra’s family feared she was targeted for her religious beliefs, but police have called it a “road rage incident” and said they have found no evidence of a hate crime.

There is nothing in the newly unsealed search warrants that suggests Nabra was targeted because she was a Muslim.

The incident began around 3:40 a.m. on June 18, after Nabra and a group of friends were returning to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque in Sterling after having a pre-dawn meal during the Ramadan holiday. It was a common practice for young people at the mosque.

Torres came upon the teens in his car on Dranesville Road and got into a verbal argument with one of them, police said.

The Fairfax County search warrant states Torres then chased the teens in his vehicle, driving on the sidewalk and a grassy area. Torres caught up with the teens in a parking lot and then got out of his car and chased them on foot with a baseball bat, police said.

The group of teens scattered, and as one looked back, he or she noticed Torres standing over Nabra with a baseball bat, according to the search warrant. Nabra was not seen again by any of the teens.

Police have said Torres then loaded Nabra into his car and took her to Loudoun County, where she was assaulted again and then killed. Nabra’s body was dumped in a pond that is adjacent to the Sterling apartment complex where Torres lived.


Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling. (Fairfax County Police Department)

Torres then returned to the scene, according to authorities, where he was found in the car and arrested around 5:15 a.m. Nabra’s body was discovered in the pond around 3 p.m. on June 18.

The medical examiner ruled in June that the girl died of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.

A search warrant recently unsealed in Loudoun County shows detectives obtained Torres’s high school records for clues to help them understand why he allegedly attacked Nabra.

“The above suspect has had recorded disciplinary incidents while he was a student in Park View and Potomac Falls high schools in Loudoun County,” a detective from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office wrote in the warrant. “The incidents include acts of violence and aggression.”

A week before Nabra’s killing a woman reported to authorities in Loudoun County that Torres had punched, choked and sexually assaulted her, according to two people familiar with the woman’s account. The woman told authorities she did not want to pursue charges.

Torres is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Fairfax County on October 13.

A second search warrant unsealed in Loudoun County reveals police were investigating a chilling and hateful anonymous call the ADAMS mosque received the day after Nabra’s killing.

“I hope the guy shoved pork down her throat,” the caller said in regards to Nabra’s killing. “Why don’t you go back to where you came from.”

A spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said detectives traced the call to Jacksonville, Fla., but were not able to determine who placed it so no charges were filed.