Charges Dropped Against 17-Year-Old in Fatal Stabbing at Wheaton Mall

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a 17-year-old in the fatal stabbing of two men at the Westfield Wheaton mall in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The teen, Angelo Lamont Jackson, of Montgomery Village, was charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder. However, a spokesman with the Maryland State's Attorney's Office said Tuesday that prosecutors dismissed the charges last week.

The incident happened Jan. 10 on the lower level of the mall, near the Hollister clothing store, police have said.

The two men who died -- Kevin Siloe Moya Cruz, 22, and Angel Alfredo Gomez-Pineda, 24 -- were stabbed after they were involved in a fight.

Police said that four young men broke bamboo sticks that were in a planter inside the mall and wielded them against a young man. The conflict died down, but then the man who had been attacked with the sticks returned with a knife, police said.

Officers arrived to find the victims with life-threatening stab wounds. They later died.

The mall, also known as Wheaton Plaza, is located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton, Maryland.

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