A Maryland man was arrested Sunday in connection with the gang-related murder of a teenager in Virginia in 2015, police said Tuesday.
On Sept. 29, 2015, officers found human remains in a wooded area in the 14300 block of Westminister Lane in Woodbridge, Va., while investigating an unrelated report of a shooting, Prince William County police said in a statement.
The victim was identified as Guillermo Hernandez Leyva of Montgomery County, a 19-year-old with ties to the street gang MS-13 who had been reported missing three months earlier and was beaten and stabbed near where he was found, the statement said. Last year, police arrested and charged five people in the killing allegedly connected with MS-13 in Maryland, Indiana, New Jersey and Texas.
On Tuesday, police said 21-year-old Jose Elias Ayala-Gomes was arrested Sunday and charged with Leyva’s murder. He remains incarcerated in Maryland pending extradition to Virginia, according to police, and the suspects previously arrested remain in custody.