Suspect Charged in Celtic Drive Homicide

032916 John Mercado

On Monday, April 18, detectives charged John Martin Mercado, 19 of the 6800 block of Ben Franklin Road in Springfield, with murder in connection with the death of William G. Martines-Palma on March 25. Mercado was also charged with malicious wounding, stemming from an incident on March 27. Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still actively investigating these cases and are attempting to determine exactly how they are related.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.crimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)**or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

(Original Release Date 3/26/16)

Homicide Investigation Underway in Alexandria-Area of Fairfax County

By FCPD Public Affairs Bureau on March 26, 2016

Police were called to the 5100 block of Celtic Drive shortly after 8 p.m. On Friday, March 25, for a report that a citizen discovered a man lying on the ground unresponsive. Officers were directed to the man who had an injury to his leg consistent with being stabbed. Rescue initially transported him to the Inova Springfield Healthplex, but he was later transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Major Crimes Division Detectives along with personnel from the Crime Scene Section responded to begin their investigation. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead late last night. The victim has been identified as William G. Martines-Palma, 29, of Celtic Drive.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.crimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)**or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131



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