UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Arrested in Centreville Homicide

 

031318, mugshot, Uriel Josaphat Espinosa Cruz

Uriel Josaphat Espinosa Cruz

 

Sully Police District – Homicide detectives identified and arrested a suspect in the murder of 17-year-old Matthew Ortega on February 14 in Centreville. Around 1 this afternoon, 18-year-old Uriel Josaphat Espinosa Cruz, of Fairfax, was arrested for murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held at the Adult Detention Center without bond. Detectives do not believe this to be a random incident.

The investigation is ongoing. We will provide updates as they become available.

Please continue to monitor our Twitter @fairfaxpolice, and our blog, www.fcpdnews.wordpress.com for the latest information.

(Original release date: February 22, 2016)

Cause of Death Released in Centreville Homicide

Sully Police District – The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that 17-year-old homicide victim Matthew Ortega died of a single gunshot wound to the upper body. His body was found by a delivery driver in the 13500 block of Jeb Stuart Square in Centreville on February 14.

Detectives are following leads in this case and ask anyone with information to please contact them at 703-246-7800. Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS. They can also be sent in via text by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Text STOP to 274637 to cancel, or HELP to 274637 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 if their information leads to an arrest.

Please continue to monitor our Twitter @fairfaxpolice and our blog, www.fcpdnews.wordpress.com for the latest information.

(Original release date: February 16, 2018)

Homicide Victim Identified as 17-year-old from Centreville

Sully Police District – Our homicide detectives were able to confirm the identity of the body found in Centreville on Wednesday as 17-year-old Matthew Ortega, during an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The autopsy results are pending. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, at this point we are only confirming Ortega died as a result of trauma to the upper body. We are continuing to investigate every lead.

Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. Please follow @fairfaxpolice on Twitter and our blog, http://www.fcpdnews.wordpress.com.

(Original release date: February 15, 2018)

Homicide Detectives Tentatively Identify Body Found in Centreville

Sully Police District – Homicide detectives have tentatively identified the victim in yesterday’s homicide as a juvenile. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy. Detectives are working closely with them to confirm his identity. With the new state law, we are prohibited from providing almost any information at all unless parental consent is provided. This law went into effect on July 1st of last year. It prohibits Virginia law enforcement agencies from directly or indirectly identifying deceased juvenile victims of a crime.

Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. Please follow @fairfaxpolice on Twitter and our blog, http://www.fcpdnews.wordpress.com.

(Original release date: February 14, 2018)

Detectives Asking for the Public’s Help to Identify a Homicide Victim

Sully Police District – Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying the homicide victim found in the 13000 block of Jeb Stuart Square in Centreville. At 5:17 this morning, officers responded to the area after a delivery driver saw a body lying in the street with upper body trauma. Medics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. No weapons were found at the scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

The victim was found wearing a sweatshirt with this design on it:.

SweatShirt

If anyone has information about his identity or the incident, please contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.com 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

Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

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