Arrests Made in Gang-Related Assault in Silver Spring

Police said the arrests are part of an investigation involving a street gang known as "Little R" or "La Raza."

Montgomery County police arrested three men from Aspen Hill, Rockville and Glenmont earlier this month as part of an investigation into a series of assaults and robberies in the Wheaton and Good Hope areas.

According to a statement from police, the investigation involves a street gang known as "Little R" or "La Raza."

On Nov. 4, Montgomery County police responded to the 1400 block of Silo Way in the Good Hope area of Silver Spring, where the victim, a 22-year-old man from Rockville, was attending a party.

What had started as a verbal dispute over beer escalated into an assault, and multiple people struck the victim's head repeatedly with broken glass bottles.  He sustained serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to police.

On Nov. 8, detectives arrested and charged Andres Jose Cortez, 20, of the 3300 block of Hewitt Avenue in Aspen Hill with attempted second degree murder and first degree assault. Kevin Reynold Valdez, 19, of the 14000 block of Cove Lane in Rockville, was arrested and charged with first degree assault and conspiracy.

On Nov. 14, Cristian Javier Ayala, 17, of the 2600 block of Terrapin Road in Glenmont, was arrested and charged as an adult with first and second degree assault. 

All three were being held on bond and awaiting court dates.

C.Z. Guy November 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
now we have two groups with the same name - one is a legal gang and the other an illegal gang, both with the same general aims
Holly Agouridis November 21, 2012 at 02:16 PM
These gangs need to be stopped. It's not racist. Statistics shows that 80% of these gang bangers are here illegally and have serious records from where they are from. Yes I agree if they are here illegally don't send them to the jails in the US send them back to where they are a legal resident.
Amy Pla November 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
C.Z. Guy, I don't think there is such a thing as a "legal" gang! Just sayin'.
DC PRODUCTIONS November 21, 2012 at 04:07 PM
There is I have scene with my own eyes in Wheaton Police Brutality and Bullying
derasti November 23, 2012 at 02:04 PM
It's presumptuous to assume they're not from here and racist bc the statement was probably made just based on their ethnicity, not on some statistic


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