Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office detectives have identified and apprehended two juvenile suspects in connection with the Nov. 4 fatal stabbing and assault in Ashburn, Virginia, according to a statement issued by the LCSO on Nov. 11.
A 17-year-old from Ashburn was apprehended in New York on Nov. 9. He is currently being held in New York on an extradition warrant on a detention order out of Loudoun County for aggravated malicious wounding.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed, the statement said.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said the suspects were secured through a joint effort between Loudoun County law enforcement officials and their counterparts in New York.
Earlier, Loudoun Sheriff’s Office detectives identified a 16-year-old from Herndon, Virginia as being involved in the attack. He was taken into custody on Nov. 10 and is being held in Fairfax County, Virginia, on an unrelated charge. Charges in connection with the Loudoun County investigation are pending.
The name of the teenagers cannot be released due to the fact they are juveniles.
“(This crime) is still under investigation, there are some lose ends to tie up, but we’re happy we have two suspects in custody,” Chapman said. “We pulled all our resources together and it’s a very concerted effort to get where we are but there’s still more to do.”
Chapman said there are some indications the stabbings earlier this month were gang related, but couldn’t speculate as to the specific motivation of the perpetrators. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force and utilizing federal and other regional resources to investigate the case.
The two suspects were apprehended in connection with the Nov. 4 fatal stabbing of Guillermo Piedra-Espinoza, 22, of no fixed address and the stabbing of a 19-year-old Ashburn male near the Ashburn Meadows apartment complex. Piedra-Espinoza was found deceased in a wooded area. The 19-year-old was taken to local hospital where he was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. At this time it appears the victims of the assault were targeted and there is no indication there is a threat to the community.