Detectives in Prince George’s County tirelessly worked day and night to successfully apprehend two individuals who were sought in connection to the tragic shooting that claimed the life of a 2-year-old child. The incident took place outside an apartment complex in Langley Park on Thursday.
Israel Fuentes, Jr., 33, and Johnny Alejandro Turcios, 28, from Lewisdale, have been taken into custody for their involvement in the tragic death of Jeremy Poou-Caceres. The incident occurred on February 8, shortly after 5:30 p.m.
Police reported that a detective working in the vicinity of the 1400 block of Kanawha Street heard gunshots at around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, which prompted an immediate investigation.
Poou-Caceres was quickly taken to the hospital, where medical professionals declared him deceased shortly after. Later on, investigators were able to establish a connection between the shooting and Turcios and Fuentes.
According to the initial investigation, it was determined that the two individuals were shooting firearms in the direction of a separate group of individuals while the mother and son happened to be walking nearby. Unfortunately, they were hit by stray bullets during the incident.
“The detectives assigned to this case have not been able to return home since the murder,” stated Prince George’s County Assistant Police Chief Vernon Hale. He went on to commend their unwavering dedication in tirelessly working to identify the individuals responsible for the tragic loss of this innocent child.
“We hope that the recent arrests bring some solace to Jeremy’s bereaved family. It is important to note that this investigation is still ongoing and we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that all those responsible for this heinous crime are apprehended and brought to justice.”
Fuentes and Turcios face charges of first-degree murder and other related offenses. The police have detained them until they can be transferred to the Department of Corrections.
The authorities are currently investigating the incident and are considering the possibility of pressing charges against other individuals involved.
If you have any information about the shooting, please reach out to the Prince George’s County Police Department at (301) 516-2512.