At a bail review hearing in Annapolis Friday, Anne Arundel County prosecutors connected a homicide at a Latin American restaurant in Glen Burnie last month to the violent transnational gang MS-13.
A witness told police Aguilar was stabbed in the bar after a dispute about what kind of shoes he was wearing, detectives wrote in newly released court documents.
Cristian Enrique Pleitez-Tejada, 21, was charged with murder earlier this month after fleeing to Arkansas . He is being held behind bars awaiting trial. On Friday, police arrested the 23-year-old Gerardo Ernesto Quinteros-Hernandez as an accessory after the murder, court records show.
Authorities say Quinteros-Hernandez drove Pleitez-Tejada, of Edgewater, across the country to avoid arrest. He also allegedly drove Pleitez-Tejada to and from the homicide, according to charging documents.
Court commissioners erroneously charged Quinteros-Hernandez with murder, offenses that were promptly dismissed by prosecutors at his bail review hearing. He still faces two counts of being an accessory after the fact of murder.
Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen McGuinn urged District Judge Thomas Pryal to keep Quinteros-Hernandez in jail pending trial, as authorities continue to look into the stabbing. She said Quinteros-Hernandez, a native of El Salvador, was a proven flight risk and raised concerns about public safety considering allegations that he is a member of MS-13 or La Mara Salvatrucha.
“There is an allegation of MS-13 involvement underlying this whole event,” McGuinn said, though charging documents for both men do not mention gang involvement.
At bail review, Anne Arundel prosecutors say Glen Burnie homicide linked to MS-13
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