Police: Facebook used to lure murder victim to Maryland

MONTGOMERY CO, MD  – Montgomery Police Dept. have arrested three additional suspects for the homicide of Jordy Mejia, age 22, of New Jersey.  On November 12, 2016, Mejia’s body was found by hikers in a shallow grave in a wooded area in the 11500 block of Game Preserve Road.

Two suspects, Neris Moreno, age 19, of West New York, New Jersey, and Jackelin Leiba-Esperanza, age 16, of Brentwood, Maryland, were arrested on January 2 in Silver Spring on the strength of Montgomery County arrest warrants.  They were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and are being held without bond.  Leiba-Esperanza has been charged as an adult.

Three additional suspects, Reynaldo A Granados-Vasquez, age 21, of Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, Jose Israel Melendez-Rivera, age 18, of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village, and Katerine Solorzano-Aparicio, age 17, of Hyatsville, Maryland, were arrested yesterday in Montgomery County on the strength of arrest warrants.  They were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.  Solorzano-Aparicio has been charged as an adult.  The three suspects are being held without bond.  Melendez- Rivera and Solorzano-Aparicio were scheduled to have bond review today.  Granados-Vasquez is scheduled to have bond review Friday.

Investigation by detectives has revealed that on October 15, 2016, the victim, Mejia, told his mother that he was traveling from their home in New Jersey to Maryland to meet a female that he had met on Facebook and would return the next day.  On October 18, Mejia’s mother became concerned when the victim did not return home nor had he contacted her.  She filed a missing person report with the local police department in New Jersey.  Mejia’s mother was able to access her son’s Facebook account and discovered a long conversation between her son and what investigators now know was a fictitious female.  Investigation has revealed that several of the suspects communicated with the victim using the fake Facebook account.

This Facebook conversation revealed that the fictitious female lured Mejia to Germantown, saying that she wanted to meet him.  Mejia arrived to Montgomery County, where he was killed and buried in a shallow grave.

It is believed that the suspects are associated with the MS-13 gang.

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