ICE issues detainers on 5 charged with killing Annapolis-area woman
MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WBFF) -- Anne Arundel County Police have charged five people including a woman with the June murder of a 21-year-old woman.
The body of Jenni Rivera Lopez was discovered in a wooded area of Crownsville, just outside of Annapolis.
Later Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also confirmed that immigration detainers had been issued for the five suspects.
I.C.E. put out a statement that it had "lodged detainers" on the suspects for probable illegal immigration.
Lopez had been reported missing in June, and charging documents say her body was discovered on September 20 near the intersection of Chesterfield Road and Hawkins Road.
The exact cause of death was not listed but charging documents say the victim "had suffered significant trauma."
Those charged with murder include Darvin Guerra-Zacarias, 25, of Silver Spring, Francisco Ramirez-Pena, 22, Ervin N. Arrue-Figuero, 18, of Annapolis, Ronald Adonay Mendez-Sosa, 19, of Edgewater and Brenda Y. Argueta, 18, of Silver Spring.
Anne Arundel County Police provided no information on the case and declined to name the suspects.
Last week county police held a news conference to disclose limited information about the murders of three people in recent weeks which detectives said were gang-related.
No motive was listed for the murder in charging documents, and police declined to comment whether the murder of Lopez was gang-related.
However the Capital Gazette newspaper reported that those familiar with the investigation said the gang MS-13 was involved in the murder. MS-13 is a gang with ties to El Salvadoran which has been linked to violent crimes in the Annapolis area.
Charging documents reveal that Brenda Argueta contacted the victim and convinced her to go out with her and the other suspects. Documents say Argueta was aware "this arranged meeting was only a ruse to abduct and murder Lopez.
All five suspects are being held without bail and face a variety of charges including first degree murder, second degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.