A 28-year-old violent gang member and illegal immigrant from El Salvador, who was deported twice in the last two years, was charged with murdering a teenager.
Villigran-Morales was working hard at a landscaping business to help his family who was living in his home country of Guatemala.
Delgado-Perez was a reported member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, often known as “MS-13”, a violent Salvadoran gang active in the Washington metro area.
Delgado-Perez, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Cristian Villigran-Morales more than 40 times – all to impress his gang, according to police.
Delgado-Perez had been deported to El Salvador twice in the past two years, the Post said, citing U.S. immigration officials. Police found him at a Red Roof Inn on Wednesday.
He was expected to show up at Montgomery County [Maryland] court on Friday. At least two other MS-13 gang members were involved in the stabbing, the Post said.
Authorities say that the suspect “directed” the attack on Villigran-Morales, who evidently was lured into a park by a girl, Vanesa Alvarado, who suggested they might have sex.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, said that Delgado-Perez was deported to El Salvador on October 24, 2014 and on February 26, 2015. He could be deported again, though he would likely serve his sentence first.
Montgomery County Police Department Chief Tom Manger said that while his agency supports cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents, his officers also must not be seen by the local immigrant community as quasi-immigration officials.