Three juveniles were arrested in connection to a gang-related stabbing in Langley Park Saturday that left one man dead. All three are charged with first-degree murder, police said.
Nelson Rivera-Anaya, 15, of the 5400 block of Barker Place in Lanham; Angel Contreras, 14, of the 1200 block of Lebanon Avenue in Silver Spring; and a 13-year-old who wasn’t identified have been charged in the death of Akinleye Warner, 19, of Langley Park, said Lt. William Alexander.
Rivera-Anaya and Contreras have been charged as adults while the 13-year-old can’t be charged as an adult, according to Maryland law, Alexander said. Rivera-Anaya and Contreras are being held at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections on no-bond status while the 13-year-old is being held at Cheltenham Youth Facility.
Rivera-Anaya and Contreras have not yet been assigned lawyers, according to Maryland’s online court records.
Preliminary investigation reveals that Warner went to the Northwest Branch Trail in Langley Park with three acquaintances, where he was allegedly killed during a drug deal as the three arrested suspects wanted to gain notoriety within the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, Alexander said. Police said they have questioned the acquaintances but they are not suspects at this time.
Police found Warner at about 11 p.m. on Saturday when they responded to reports of an unconscious man on the trail, Alexander said. Warner was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple stab wounds to his upper body.
The three suspects attend or had attended the Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, so police have stationed additional officers there, Alexander said. Police are monitoring the school for possible gang activity, but they don’t believe additional violence will occur, he said.
Max Pugh, Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman, said gang violence at Buck Lodge isn’t an issue, and the county positions security officers at schools to deter violence and promotes positive behavior with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, a decision-making program that emphasizes pro-social behavior.
“We have not had any violent incidents this year at Buck Lodge,” Pugh said. “It isn’t that kind of atmosphere.”
Prince George’s County Public Schools officials said in a statement that they were working with law enforcement to develop additional “program supports that cover gang identification, prevention and intervention techniques throughout all educational levels.”
Detectives are still investigating the case. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction can be rewarded up to $25,000. Anyone with a tip can contact the Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-8477.