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Final suspect in March murder arrested in New York

The final suspect wanted for the March 18 murder of Javiel Rosado Santiago has been arrested.

Alexander Esau Flores-Aguilar, 20, of Manassas, was arrested at a home in Hempstead, N.Y., on July 21.

Prince William County detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau received information on Flores-Aguilar’s whereabouts this week. He was believed to be in the Long Island, N.Y. area.

County detectives worked in conjunction with the local New York offices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Suffolk County Police and the Nassau Police Departments to locate Flores-Aguilar.

After three days of extensive searching, he was located and arrested without incident.

Flores-Aguilar remains in custody in New York awaiting extradition back to Virginia. Two other suspects, including a juvenile, were also previously arrested by detectives in Prince William County on March 19.

On March 18 at approximately 10 p.m., PWC police officers responded to the 11200 block of Golden Leaf Circle in Manassas to investigate a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene, they located an individual, later identified as a 16-year-old male juvenile of Dumfries who had been shot. He was later taken to an area hospital for his injuries.

During the initial investigation, it was determined that the shooting actually occurred in the area of Blue Gray Circle.

The investigation revealed that Santiago had allegedly made arrangements to meet in the area of Blue Gray Circle to conduct a narcotics transaction.

Once in the area, he was allegedly approached by three suspects of which one identified as the juvenile, allegedly attempted to rob Santiago.

At that point, another suspect allegedly fired towards Santiago, striking the juvenile suspect in the hand.

When Santiago allegedly attempted to flee on foot, he was shot.

During a canvass of the immediate area, police located the body of an adult male, later identified as Santiago, 21, of Manassas who was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries after being shot.

The juvenile was arrested on March 19 and charged with murder, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and attempted robbery. His court date is pending and he is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.

Detectives identified the other two suspects who were allegedly involved. Carlos Fernando Lazo-Rivera, 19, was located, arrested, and charged with murder, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and attempted robbery on March 19. He is being held without bond until his pending court date.

Detectives then obtained warrants for the arrest of Flores-Aguilar’s arrest, but were unable to locate him last week. He has been charged with murder, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and attempted robbery. He is awaiting extradition to Virginia and his court date is pending.
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