Authorities in North Carolina arrested alleged attacker Miguel "Timido" Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19. He has since been charged with first-degree murder and was extradited to Montgomery County, where he faced a bond review Wednesday. According to charging documents, a member of the MS-13 gang told police that he and nine other gang members "had planned for approximately two weeks to lure the victim from the Annapolis area with the goal of killing him and disposing his body in the wooded area of the park".
Then, the gang members choked him, stabbed him more than 100 times, decapitated him and dismembered him, the informant said. The informant also claimed Lopez-Abrego was the first to attack the victim, stabbing him with a 15-inch knife.
The documents do not give a motive for the killing.
Police said that on the day of the murder, one of the gang members "waited near the edge of the wood line with a handheld, walkie-talkie radio to alert" other gang members when the victim arrived. He had short, dark brown hair and a missing lower tooth that may have been noticeable when he was speaking or smiling.
The brutal murder at the Wheaton park is a part of a resurgence of killings in the county that police and prosecutors attribute to MS-13.
The investigation remains ongoing and police are still trying to identify the victim.
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An informant told detectives about the killing in September.
The items included a rosary, a sweatshirt with a Methodist church logo and a pair of blue shorts. They allegedly threw his heart in the grave, as well.
The MS-13 gang, which has roots in El Salvador, is notorious for its links to cartels and organized crime, and its ability to access high-powered weapons. Lopez-Abrego wasn't found in Maryland, though. At the time, Lopez-Abrego was interviewed by detectives and he denied he was involved in the death of the man at the park, the court records state.
Lopez-Abrego was arrested in North Carolina Nov. 11, according to CBS affiliate WUSA9.