Monday, April 22, 2013

PGPD Arrests Suspects in Murder of Erick Mendez-Orellana

Juan Alberto Ortiz-Orellana
Jorge Enrique Moreno-Aguilar

The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested two suspects for the murder of Erick Amilicar Mendez-Orellana. The suspects are identified as 24-year-old Juan Alberto Ortiz-Orellana of the 5000 block of Silver Hill Court in District Heights and 19-year-old Jorge Enrique Moreno-Aguilar of the 6500 block of Grafton Street in District Heights.  

On March 12, 2013, at approximately 8:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the 4900 block of Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights for the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, patrol officers found the victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Ortiz-Orellana was arrested on unrelated immigration charges by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations agents on April 18, 2013.  After that arrest, PGPD detectives interviewed Ortiz-Orellana and he admitted his involvement in the murder.  Based on information he provided, detectives developed Moreno-Aguilar as a suspect. He was arrested April 19, 2013.  Both suspects are currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections.  Detectives believe the murder was gang-related.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to

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