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3 Middle School Students Charged in Stabbing Death

Three boys ranging from 13 to 15 years old have been charged with murder in what police are calling a bid for notoriety within a gang. One youth is from Silver Spring, while another is from Lanham.

Angel Contreras, 14, of Silver Spring has been charged with first-degree murder. Credit: Prince George's County Police
Angel Contreras, 14, of Silver Spring has been charged with first-degree murder. Credit: Prince George's County Police

Three middle school students have been charged with first-degree murder -- two of them as adults -- in the stabbing death of a Prince George’s County man that police said was done to gain standing in a gang.

The two oldest teens, ages 14 and 15, have been charged as adults, while Maryland law doesn't allow a 13-year-old to be charged in adult court, so he hasn't been identified by authorities.

Prince George’s County Police officers and Maryland National Capital Park Police were called about 11 p.m. May 10 to the Northwest Branch Hiker Biker Trail in Langley Park on a report of an unconscious man. Investigators believe the victim, Akinleye Warner, 19, of Langley Park, went to the park with three acquaintances, one of whom was reportedly there for a drug transaction.

Police say that during the attempted drug sale, Warner was stabbed multiple times and later died. The suspects are gang members who committed the crime in order to gain notoriety within the gang, officers allege.

Investigators have arrested three teenage suspects, all of whom are charged with first-degree murder. Those charged as adults are Nelson Rivera-Anaya, 15, of the 5400 block of Barker Place in Lanham; Angel Contreras, 14, of the 1200 block of Lebanon Avenue in Silver Spring. A 13-year-old, who under state law can’t be charged as an adult, also faces a first-degree murder charge as a juvenile.

Rivera-Anaya and Contreras are being held at the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status. The 13- year-old is being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility. 

The three suspects attend or used to attend Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi.

Throughout the investigation, the Prince George’s County Police Department has worked closely with school leaders to ensure the safety of students. Additional patrol resources have been stationed at the affected schools since the stabbing occurred.

Additional investigators were assigned within the school system to add another layer of security. Those investigators will share information with school leadership regarding any possible gang activity.

Up to a $25,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Call 1-866-411-TIPS.

John Moore June 03, 2014 at 07:54 AM
I listen to all these rants & wonder what each of them would say if one of these kids were theirs. Life isn't perfect, neither are people or societies. Even good people do terrible things. I'd like to see the skeletons in the closets of all you ranters. Yeah, maybe you got through adolescence without committing a crime, but kids usually reflect the trauma of their experiences by acting out on others. Any kid who hurts other people is a hurting kid. Not promoting gang affiliation or protection of criminals from their punishment, but these are still kids. How they look or where they're from doesn't really matter. They are children of the same God as you & I.
Clayton King June 09, 2014 at 06:22 AM
John Moore You are correct I don't have kid's but I have a younger brother and my mum is sick alot of the time & my dad he works a lot and he dose spend time with my younger brother it could be a better bond so I see where these young nim nobs think these so called ppl are helping and showing them love not even close so yeah and that's why I try and hang out and do stuff so he don't end up chillin with the wrong ppl I had to be a bit of an ass about 2 weeks ago cause my brother turns 14 next month and this car rolls up into our Drive I was like whao fella where you going and he got an attitude and his Lil ppl started yappin and he got smart and I str8 up said ain't none of these boys my brother but you are and if you act a fool I will embarrass you in front your girlfriends and I smacked him in DA back of DA head nothing serious but ya know and them Boy's all got up and moved around like they scared me my brother knows my lifestyle was not keen and I did almost 3 yrs for bull crap but I changed and ain't acting stupid anymore but I apply for jobs and everything and some of my records show up and I tell him you don't wanna be like me and have to be judged by ya past I am still looking for work so I can help my family out but it's tough cause I can't get my DL till 2018 I was stupid when I was younger and it still following me at 36
amark June 09, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Clayton King uh what?
George Murphy June 11, 2014 at 03:00 AM
There's no excuse for poor English usage and misspellings. We all need to try to be a bit more scholarly because we do spend a whole lot on education in the USA. That being said, once a person has taken someone's life in a senseless way, he has stepped out of the human race. Even Scripture is very clear regarding these matters. Punishment must be severe enough to fit the crime.
virginia weaver June 12, 2014 at 07:47 PM
What scripture are you quoting? "eye for eye", etc. That was Old Testament. New Testament is all about Jesus and love.

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