MS-13 Members Stabbed Maryland Man, Decapitated Him, Tore Out Heart


Up to 10 members of MS-13 communicated on walkie talkies as they closed in on their victim at a recreational area in Wheaton, Maryland, say officials. The medical examiner determined his "death a homicide from 'sharp force injuries'".

Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, was arrested in the death of an unienified man who was found decapitated, and stabbed over a 100 times.


But the suspect has been identified, located and brought to Montgomery County. Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a statement saying "Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a citizen and national of El Salvador, is illegally in the U.S. and now in immigration proceedings". Before dumping the body into a pre-dug grave, they cut off his head and "excised" his heart from his chest, according to court records.

On Sept. 5, the informant led detectives to the body.

Court documents obtained by ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C., reveal the brutal details of the ambush and murder allegedly carried out by an informant and nine other MS-13 members.

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The charging documents do not cite a motive for the killing.

The victim was likely killed between December 2016 and March 2017, according to police. It was discovered that the victim had been stabbed more than 100 times.

Lopez-Abrego was arrested in Avery County, North Carolina, along with Milton A. Portillo-Rodriguez on November 4.

Investigators are still trying to identify the victim, but he is thought to be a Hispanic male. He has since been charged with first-degree murder and was extradited to Montgomery County, where he faced a bond review Wednesday. He had short, dark brown hair. He had a missing tooth that would have been obvious when he was speaking or smiling.

At the time of the killing, the victim was wearing a gray sweatshirt with "First United Methodist Church Laurel" written on the upper left side.