Beef between drug dealers ends with coffin for one; trauma unit for another and jail cell for Elmer A. Galindo, 17; ran from scene with blood on his hands
ASPEN HILL, MD. — Why can’t drug dealers just get along peacefully without all that gunfire, stabbings, slashing’s and general mayhem? Instead of spending their lives in graves or prisons, these thugs could be productive members of society, learning to be rocket scientists or politicians.
Not so for three bozos of the Wheaton area, say police.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of a 20-year-old male that occurred yesterday, December 9, in the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station located at 14031 Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill. The homicide victim is now being identified as Jose Santos Fuentes, 20, of Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill.
On Dec. 11, 2015, detectives charged 17-year-old Elmer A. Galindo, of Rockville, as an adult for the homicide of Fuentes.
On December 9, 2015 at approximately 8:24 p.m., police say that the Emergency Communications Center (9-1-1) received a call for an assault that just occurred in the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station located at 14031 Georgia Avenue.
Responding officers located two Hispanic male victims in the parking lot, one of whom was suffering from life-threatening injuries. Both victims were transported to an area hospital where Fuentes succumbed to his injuries. The second victim remains in serious condition at an area hospital.
Police say that their preliminary investigation revealed that Galindo and the two victims argued about a prior drug transaction that occurred earlier on December 9. The argument escalated into an assault with Galindo stabbing both victims multiple times. After the stabbing, Galindo fled from the area on foot.
An officer observed Galindo fleeing the area and stopped him in the 14000 block of Grand Pre Road. The officer noticed blood on Galindo’s pants and found Galindo to be in possession of a knife.
Galindo was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of robbery. Galindo is being held without bond.
This investigation is continuing and detectives urge anyone who may have information regarding additional suspects in this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).