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UPDATE: Montgomery Co. Police arrest five men for early morning, MS-13 murder in Wheaton

Carlos Andres Orellana-Orellana, Daniel E. Huezo Landaverde, Oscar Effrain Zavala-Urrea (top), Romeo Almengor Oxlaj-Lopez, and Victor Alfonso Cruz-Orellana (bottom), are all charged with first-degree murder. (Photo: Montgomery County Police Department){p}{/p}
Carlos Andres Orellana-Orellana, Daniel E. Huezo Landaverde, Oscar Effrain Zavala-Urrea (top), Romeo Almengor Oxlaj-Lopez, and Victor Alfonso Cruz-Orellana (bottom), are all charged with first-degree murder. (Photo: Montgomery County Police Department)

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WHEATON, Md. (WJLA) — Montgomery County Police have charged five men with the murder of a 29-year-old Wheaton man.

Authorities announced the arrest Wednesday evening, two weeks after the May 26 fatal shooting along the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton. Around 7:07 a.m. that day, a woman called 911 to report the sound of gunfire at her apartment complex that backs to the Fourth District Police Station.

Responding officers located the victim, Francisco Anton Medrano-Campos, 29, in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Medrano-Campos died on the scene. A female witness reported looking out her window and seeing two young, Hispanic men standing over Medrano-Campos' body while holding handguns.


  • Carlos Andres Orellana-Orellana, 21, of the 2200 block of Greenery Lane in Glenmont
  • Daniel E. Huezo-Landaverde, 19, of the 12300 block of Bush Drive in Silver Spring
  • Oscar Effrain Zavala-Urrea, 19, of the 3400 block of Hampton Hollow Drive in Fairland
  • Romeo Almengor Oxlaj-Lopez, 20, of the 2300 block of Glenallen Avenue in Glenmont
  • Victor Alfonso Cruz-Orellana, 21, of the 2700 block of Randolph Road in Glenmont


On Thursday, 7 On Your Side obtained the statement of charges in the felony case. The documents outline a revenge-style killing orchestrated by Orellana-Orellana, the victim's former roommate.

In late January, Orellana-Orellana moved out of the victim's apartment along Glenmont Circle after he became unable to pay rent. While leaving, Orellana-Orellana was seen carrying "bags of items" from the terrace-level unit, and allegedly stole the victim's PlayStation and Xbox gaming systems.

In mid-April, Orellana-Orellana reportedly returned to the victim's apartment and stole $3,000 in cash. Angry about the repeated thievery, the victim later confronted and beat Orellana-Orellana with a lead pipe.

Detectives with Montgomery County's Major Crimes Division turned the victim's cell phone over to the department's Electronic Crimes Unit. There, technicians uncovered an email that was sent to The email demanded that Orellana-Orellana return the stolen property.

On May 27 — one day after the murder — Montgomery County's Repeat Offender Unit arrested Orellana-Orellana along the 12000 block of Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton. Orellana-Orellana initially denied ever living in the murder victim's apartment, but later budged, confessing to not only rooming with the victim but also stealing his money and electronics.

"Orellana-Orellana admitted to being in a physical altercation with Medrano-Campos around the end of April 2020," detectives wrote in court documents. "He stated that as far as he knew, the fight was over a girl... but after the fight, he was not mad at Medrano-Campos."


On June 1, homicide detectives were made aware of a "suspicious incident" outside the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library in Anne Arundel County. The actual incident occurred on May 26, the day of the murder. Surveillance video showed that around 8:09 a.m. that day, a silver, Toyota Corolla pulled into the library parking lot and parked in the back corner.

Two Hispanic men exited the vehicle, changed their clothing, and tossed a trash bag in the parking lot dumpster. The video captured the Toyota's license plate, which MVA records linked to Oxlaj-Lopez, an alleged mid-level member of MS-13.

A short while later, a gray, Honda Civic pulled up right beside the Toyota.

"Three people are seen getting out of the Honda and interacting with the two occupants of the Toyota in a fashion to suggest that they are assisting them in changing their clothes and cleaning out the Toyota," investigators further noted in court records.

Investigators noted that the drive time between the murder scene and the library is 47 minutes. The suspect vehicles arrived at the library approximately 62 minutes after the first 911 call reporting the fatal shooting.

After more digging, detectives discovered Maryland State Police had stopped the Honda Civic on May 30 for a traffic violation. Troopers seized two handguns and two ski masks from the vehicle, plus learned two of the three men in the car were members of an MS-13 clique that controls the Wheaton area.


On June 3, a confidential witness contacted investigators with game-changing information. The witness stated MS-13 had recruited him to survey and gather intelligence about the victim.

"He was told by MS-13 gang members to find out what time Medrano-Campos would leave for work every morning," detectives noted. "Additionally, [the witness] was told to confirm through photographs what Medrano-Campos looked like and what car he drove to work. [The witness] completed these tasks and reported back to gang members with the information."

On the night of May 25 — the eve of the murder — the confidential witness said he smoked marijuana with MS-13 members. Those members openly stated that they planned to pull an all-nighter so that they'd be able to successfully execute the murder around 7 a.m.

Zavala-Urrea — who goes by the nicknames "Raro" and "Desobediente" — was at the marijuana-infused gathering and wore a black shirt, Nike tennis shoes, and blue jeans. Investigators highlighted that the driver of the Toyota Corolla in the library parking lot sported a similar outfit.

"Approximately one month before the murder of Medrano-Campos, 'Raro' showed [the witness] a revolver and said that this was the gun that was going to 'get' Medrano-Campos," investigators further alleged in charging documents.


According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Orellana-Orellana, a citizen of El Salvador, Zavala-Urrea, a citizen of Honduras, Oxlaj-Lopez, a citizen of Guatemala, and Cruz-Orellana, a citizen of El Salvador, all entered the country as unaccompanied minors, and have no legal status in the U.S.

ICE officials added that Orellana-Orellana and Oxlaj-Lopez both failed to appear for immigration court hearings. In light of the homicide investigation, ICE has lodged immigration detainers with Montgomery County for all four individuals.

Although ICE continues to monitor Huezo-Landaverde's alleged culpability in the pending murder case, he is not currently "subject to immigration enforcement." ICE did not elaborate.

Maryland Judiciary Case Search shows that in May 2019, Montgomery County Police charged Zavala-Urrea with concealing a dangerous weapon. Records further reveal prosecutors dropped the case three months later.

Huezo-Landaverde, Orellana-Orellana, Oxlaj-Lopez, and Zavala-Urrea do not appear to have prior criminal records in Maryland.

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All five men remain in Montgomery County custody on no-bond statuses.

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