Maryland – Homicide Unit detectives identified and charged two suspects for a fatal shooting in Adelphi last month. The suspects are 19-year-old Freddy Mendez-Cruz of the 7600 block of 15th Avenue in Takoma Park and 16-year-old Christian Alvarado of the 2300 block of 4th Street in Northeast DC. They’re charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Ruben Garcia-Ramos of Adelphi. Alvarado is charged as an adult.
On March 22nd, at approximately 5:45 pm, patrol officers responded to the 1900 block of Laguna Road for the report of a shooting. When they arrived on scene, officers found the victim outside suffering from gunshot wounds. He died of his injuries several hours later.
The preliminary investigation reveals the fatal shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Mendez-Cruz and the victim. Mendez-Cruz and the victim were acquaintances.
Alvarado and Mendez-Cruz are charged with first and second-degree murder. They have confessed to their involvement. They are both in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status, according to the report.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.