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MCPD Arrests Three Men for Killing of Two Northwest Students


~Murders Were Retaliation for Robbery

~Connected to Another Shooting

~Shadi Najjar was Target


Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger announced late Saturday night that MCPD had arrested three men in connection with the brutal killing of Shadi Najjar and Artem Ziberov as they sat in Najjar’s blue Honda Civic on Monday, June 5 on Gallery Court.

Police have arrested three men, Roger Garcia, 19, of 19515 Frederick Road in Germantown; Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, of 125 Lamont Lane in Gaithersburg, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25, of the 18400 block of Cape Jasmine Way in Gaithersburg. All three were arrested on Saturday, June 17 and are scheduled to have bail review hearings on Monday, June 19 at 1:00 pm in Rockville. Roger Garcia is a member of the Class of 2016 at Northwest High School.

Chief Manger said that police were able to break this case thanks to information from the community. “Although detectives have made these three arrests, this by no means should be interpreted that the investigation has concluded,” said Chief Manger. “These most recent developments are the result of the community taking an active role in this investigation. It is believed that, considering the progress made over the past 36 hours, there are additional sources of information who have yet to come forward.”