Fourth Suspect in Gaithersburg Murder Arrested

Fifth suspect still being sought after

Police arrested a fourth suspect in the homicide of an 18-year-old man in a Maryland park last June.

Josue Fermin Caudra-Quintanilla, 18, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was arrested Friday and is charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.

Three suspects previously were arrested in connection with the death of Cristian Antonio Villagran-Morales, who was stabbed more than 40 times in Malcolm King Park in Gaithersburg. Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez, 16; Vanesa Alvarado, 19; and Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez, 27, have all been charged with first-degree murder.

A fifth suspect, Jose Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, 20, is still being sought. Police ask anyone with information about Ventura to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Detectives believe the murder was gang related, police said. Alvarado and Gutierrez-Vasquez told detectives upon their arrest they believed Villagran-Morales was a member of a rival gang.

Detectives believe the victim recently met Alvarado and communicated with him by phone, police said. On the night of June 16, the victim planned to meet Alvarado at the park for sex. Being lured into the woods by Alvarado, Villagran-Morales was stabbed by the other gang member suspects. In a phone call from jail, Alvarado told her boyfriend it was a hit, according to court records.

Detectives continue to look for information about the fifth suspect. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters must call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Solvers will remain anonymous.

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