Police arrest young teens for fatally stabbing Adelphi homeless man over money

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ADELPHI, Md. - Prince George's County Police say they arrested two teens for fatally stabbing a homeless man.

14-year-old Elias Portillo, of the 7900 block of 18th Avenue in Adelphi, and a 13-year-old boy are charged with the first and second degree murder of Francisco Sagastizado.

Police say the 14-year-old was charged as an adult and the 13-year-old as a juvenile because of state law.

Back on July 27th, around 8:10 a.m., patrol officers with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department responded to the 7800 block of West Park Drive for an unresponsive man.

Police say when they arrived, officers discovered Sagastizado outside in the woods suffering from stab wounds and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Their preliminary investigation shows that the victim was stabbed when he refused to give the teens' money.

A close friend of Sagastizado, Flores, says he sat by the area where he was killed every day since his murder and others would gather. They put together a memorial in Sagastizado's honor.


He says the two teens, Portillo and the 13-year-old, would occasionally gather there.

Flores says they were quiet but never led him to believe they were responsible.

"He was not a bad man he don't harm nobody, that's why we don't understand why he was killed," he says.

Portillo is in the custody of the Department of Corrections and the 13-year-old suspect is in the custody of the Cheltenham Youth Detention Facility.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

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