Jesus Ponce Flores, 18, COURTESY PHOTO
Montgomery County police said they arrested and charged two local males Tuesday regarding the murder of a 20-year-old man, whose body was found in a creek in Silver Spring Sept. 6.
The man, 20-year-old Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra, was reported missing Sept. 3.
The Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide by multiple stab wounds, according to an Oct. 18 Montgomery County Police press release.
Police charged Jesus Ponce Flores, 18, of Takoma Park and David Lagunes-Bolanos, 17, of Silver Spring with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, according to the release. Police charged Lagunes-Bolanos as an adult.
Lagunes-Bolanos and Flores are being held without bond.
A hiker found Guerra’s body in a creek in the Long Branch Stream Valley Park in Silver Spring Sept. 6, police said.
Detectives received information that the murder could be associated with MS-13, a criminal gang.
According to the police, Guerra left his Silver Spring residence around 8 p.m. after telling his mother he was going to meet a friend, who police later determined was Lagunes-Bolanos. At 10 p.m. the victim’s mother tried to reach Guerra, but was unable to do so. It appeared the phone was off.
Guerra never returned home and was never heard from again.
A photo of Lagunes-Bolanos has not been released because he is a juvenile.