MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (The Washington Post) – A 28-year-old gang member charged in the brutal stabbing death of a Maryland teenager had been deported twice to El Salvador in the past two years, according to U.S. immigration officials and Montgomery County prosecutors.
Oscar Delgado-Perez was ordered held without bond during his first court appearance Friday in a killing that detectives suspect was over gang bragging rights.
On June 16, Delgado-Perez and at least two other members of the MS-13 gang stabbed Cristian Villagran-Morales, 18, more than 40 times in a park in Gaithersburg as he begged for his life, according to authorities. Delgado-Perez “directed” the attack, detectives wrote in an affidavit filed in court. Police had been searching for him for more than two months and found him Wednesday at a Red Roof Inn in Rockville.
Parked nearby was a car with Texas license plates, belonging to an associate ready to take him from the area, said Robert Hill, a prosecutor with the Montgomery State’s Attorney’s Office.
“He was just about to leave that day for Texas to flee the area. He knew that there was a warrant out for his arrest,” Hill said.
After officers apprehended Delgado-Perez, he allegedly told them they’d caught a break. “He said to police: ‘If I hadn’t been drunk this morning, you guys would never have caught me,’ ” Hill said.
Delgado-Perez, charged with first-degree murder, had been living in the Montgomery Village area and working as a roofer to support his 6-year-old child, according to Stephanie Ferner, a public defender who represented him in court Friday.