FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loudoun County, VA- Five suspects are in custody following an investigation of an assault last week in Sterling that was later determined to be gang-related.
During the assault, the two victims reported they were sitting in a vehicle in the 400 block of Williamsburg Road when several subjects approached them, pulled them out of the vehicle, and assaulted them. The incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. on September 19. The victims sustained minor injuries during the assault.
It was determined during the investigation that some of the suspects were known to the victims and the assault involved two rival gangs. Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Enforcement Unit worked in coordination with the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force, and the LCSO Special Operations Section, to identify and locate the five suspects involved in the assault.
Arrested in the investigation were Christian Carias-Chavez, 20, of Sterling, Joana J. Recinos-Rivas, 18, of Sterling, Gustavo A. Velasquez-Soto, 20, of Sterling, Angel A. Velasquez Orellana, 18, of Sterling. They were all charged with two counts of Assault by Mob and two counts of Gang Participation. A fifth suspect, Carlos V. Lopez-Navarro, 19, of Sterling was charged with two counts of Assault by Mob, two counts of Gang Participation, and Providing False Identification to Law Enforcement.
All five suspects remain held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.