Man charged with murder of girl by Fairfax mosque
A 22-year-old Fairfax County man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of a teenage Muslim girl who was attacked during a breakfast break from an all-night prayer session at her mosque.
Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling was arraigned Monday in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and ordered held without bail pending a July 19 court appearance.
According to statements from police and the mosque, the girl and her friends were walking back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque from a McDonald’s in the Sterling area between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday when a man drove up and some kind of altercation ensued.
According to NBC4 in Washington, the teen fell as the girls ran, and only later did they realize that she was not among them.
During an intense search for the girl, an officer stopped a car being driven suspiciously Sunday, and the driver, later identified as Mr. Martinez Torres, was taken into custody, police said.
NBC4 reported that Mr. Martinez Torres was questioned near the scene of the attack, and led officers several miles away to a retention pond across the street from his apartment complex where a female body, believed to be the girl’s, was found at about 3 p.m. Sunday.