Update : Suspect Arrested for Wheaton Area Homicide

by Patrick Herron

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 13, 2021

Gaithersburg, MD – Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged 19-year-old Erik Aguilar of Silver Spring with the first-degree murder of Marvin Alexander Mendoza.

On Tuesday, August 10, at approximately 8:56 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a call for a shooting in the 2000 block of Blueridge Avenue. Fourth District officers responded and located Mendoza deceased.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled Mendoza’s manner of death as homicide by gunshot.

Through investigation, detectives from the Major Crimes Division identified Aguilar as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for first-degree murder.

Aguilar was arrested Thursday, August 12, in Montgomery County on the strength of a criminal warrant for first-degree murder. Aguilar was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

This remains an active and ongoing homicide investigation and no further details can be confirmed at this time.

The Department urges anyone who has information about this homicide to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online or via the P3 Tips app.



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