Montgomery County police said Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, of an unknown address, is charged with murder in connection with the brutal stabbing death of an unidentified man who was found in Wheaton Regional Park on September 5.
Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a statement saying "Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a citizen and national of El Salvador, is illegally in the U.S. and now in immigration proceedings".
Prosecutors accuse Lopez-Abrego of luring an unidentified man to Wheaton Regional Park, 10 miles north of the Capital, in the spring. They threw the organ into the grave, along with the headless body.
Police identified the suspect in that assault as Edwin Ruiz-Urrutia, 19.
The gang members allegedly lured the victim, a Hispanic man believed to be from Annapolis, to the area using walkie-talkie radios to communicate.
Police said that Lopez-Abrego, who appeared in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday (22 November) had used a 15-inch knife and was the first attacker although no motive has been given. In September, investigators released several photos of clothing and a rosary that were found with him. He had short, dark brown hair and was missing a bottom tooth near the front of his mouth.
The victim was wearing this sweatshirt from a local Methodist church when he was killed
Court documents obtained by ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C., reveal the brutal details of the ambush and murder allegedly carried out by an informant and nine other MS-13 members.
The informant took police to the gravesite in a park near Silver Springs.
Law enforcement, looking for a different MS-13 suspect from Maryland - Milton Portillo-Rodriguez, accused of a murder in Anne Arundel County - tracked that man to Avery County, North Carolina.
"These same gang members are taking advantage of immigrant communities in which they live-committing acts of horrendous violence against its residents, attracting violence from rival gangs, extorting small businesses, peddling street level narcotics, and coopting the youth and recruiting them into this gang", he said.
The shirt read "First United Methodist Church Laurel" on the upper left side.