22-year-old man accused of assaulting a Muslim teenager after she left a mosque on Sunday morning may have been in the country illegally.
Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, appeared in court on Monday to face a murder charge after he got into a dispute with the 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and a group of her friends in Sterling, North Virginia, the Fairfax County Police Department said.
Martinez got out of the car, assaulted the girl, and beat her with a metal baseball bat, her mother said. Police later found a body believed to be Hassanen’s in a Sterling pond about 25 miles outside of Washington DC.
On Monday afternoon it was reported by NBC4: ‘ICE has lodged a detainer against (Torres) meaning they believe he’s here illegally.’
Earlier, police said there were no indications the death was the result of a hate crime.
Police said: ‘This tragic case appears to be the result of a road rage incident involving the suspect, who was driving and who is now charged with murder, and a group of teenagers who was walking and riding bikes in and along a roadway.’ READ MORE