Suspect Arrested in January 2017 Double-Homicide

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This is a news release from the Montgomery County Police Department published verbatim.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the double-homicide that occurred on January 10, 2017, at the Westfield Wheaton Mall.  Today, detectives have arrested and charged a suspect in the double-homicide.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at approximately 3:17 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call for an assault and possible stabbings that had just occurred inside of the Westfield Wheaton Mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton. Officers from the 4th District and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the mall and located Kevin Siloe Moya Cruz and Angel Alfredo Gomez-Pineda on the lower level of the mall suffering from apparent stab wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

After an extensive investigation, King Yassin Leigh-Conteh, age 19, of the 8700 Block of Colesville Road in Silver Spring, was developed as a suspect in the double-homicide.  A search warrant was executed at his residence and items of evidentiary value were recovered.  Detectives were granted an arrest warrant for Leigh-Conteh, who was arrested today on the strength of the arrest warrant.  Leigh-Conteh is being charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder.

Leigh-Conteh was transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU).  Bond information is currently unavailable.

This remains on ongoing and active investigation.  Detectives ask anyone with additional information regarding the double homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crimes Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspect. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

King Yassin Leigh-Conteh

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CTJ

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