GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two Maryland men are charged in a robbery at a Hyattsville brothel in 2007 that led to a rape and a murder, according to United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
Rosenstein says a federal grand jury returned a third superseding indictment charging 23-year-old Ramon Miguel "Medusa" Cerros-Cruz of Silver Spring, Md. and 25-year-old Alexsi Lopez of Hyattsville, Md. with conspiracy and the violent robbery. Ramon Cerros-Cruz was charged with the same crimes earlier, says Rosenstein, and Lopez was added as a defendant in the case on Monday.
According to the indictment, Cerros-Cruz and Lopez knew each other through their association with the MS-13 gang. The indictment alleges that Cerros-Cruz and Lopez familiarized themselves with the brothels in the Hyattsville-Langley Park area and then allegedly planned the robbery. According to the indictment, on February 28, 2007 the two were armed with knives when they entered the brothel apartment, demanded money and searched the apartment for money and valuable items. One of the employees was bound, another raped and third person, who entered during the commission of the rape and robbery and resisted the demands of the defendants, was murdered, say authorities.
Cerros-Cruz and Lopez face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy and for the robbery if they are convicted, according to Rosenstein.