ROCKVILLE, Md. — The man charged with a murder in Germantown was denied bond in Montgomery County on Thursday.
The judge decided Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Gaona is a flight risk because he is believed to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
Police say on Tuesday night, Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Gaona fatally stabbed William Palacios and then ran to Baltimore where they arrested him.
There was one witness in the crime, Rodriguez-Gaona’s estranged girlfriend, who was with Palacios in a parking lot of a neighborhood.
At the hearing, Rodriguez-Gaona did not speak, but listened through a Spanish interpreter.
His lawyer asked for her client to get some kind of bond. She said he has no history of violence and has a job in construction.
The state asked that Rodriguez-Gaona be held without bond. They called him a huge flight risk because of his fake legal documents and various names.
“The police have done a really thorough job in this,” said Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. “Upon apprehension, they found a fake green card, a counterfeit social security card and also a Mexican passport.
The prosecutor told the judge that Rodriguez-Gaona is a threat to his live-in girlfriend of eleven years, who is their only witness. They also said he already planned his getaway.