Fairfax County

Armed Robbery Suspect May Have Plotted From Jail to Kill Victim: Police

Fairfax County police believe an accused armed robber in jail may have plotted with his mother to kill a store clerk.

Marvin Enrique Marroquin robbed El Compadre Market in July 2017, police said.

He was arrested, and about a month later his mother allegedly showed up at the store. She told the victim not to proceed with the charges against her son, according to a warrant.

This July, El Compadre employees reported to police some suspicious activity at the store, including unknown men using cellphones to record the employees.

Police investigated and discovered a letter allegedly sent by Marlon Torres Bonegas, Marroquin’s cellmate, detailing payment for a murder.

Detectives then pulled the jail phone recordings and found several 3-way calls allegedly linking to a cellphone number belonging to Marroquin’s mother.

The conversations were about a female target at the store, police said. They discussed surveillance of the intended target, and getting photographs, work schedules and addresses.


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Marroquin’s mother is in federal custody of immigration officials on unrelated charges, police said.

Police said more people could be charged.

Marroquin is scheduled to face a judge on the armed robbery charge next week.

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