Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office detectives have apprehended a third suspect in connection to the Nov. 4 fatal stabbing and assault in Ashburn.
The 16-year-old Herndon resident was apprehended Tuesday and was charged with homicide and aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center. A 17-year-old Ashburn resident and another 16-year-old Herndon resident were previously arrested in the case.
They face charges in connection to the death of Guillermo Piedra-Espinoza, 22, whose body was found in the woods near the Ashburn Meadows apartment complex, as well as the stabbing of a 19-year-old Ashburn man. Investigators say the victims of the assault were targeted.
The 17-year-old Ashburn resident was arrested Nov. 9 and has been charged with homicide and aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center. No charges have yet been filed against the first 16-year-old Herndon resident, who is being held in Fairfax County on an unrelated charge.
The investigation is continuing in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force and federal agencies and additional charges may be filed, the Sheriff’s Office stated.