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Germantown Man is Fourth Suspect Arrested in Connection with the Killing of Two Northwest Students



On Friday, Montgomery County Police announced that a 25-year-old Germantown man was the fourth person arrested and charged in connection to the killing of two Northwest seniors back in June on the night before they were to graduate from high school.

Police said that Rony Alexander Galicia, age 25, of the 19500 block of Frederick Road in Germantown was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit the murders of 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov while they sat in a blue Honda Civic parked in the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village on June 5, 2017.

On June 17, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, age 24, of the 100 block of Lamont Lane in Gaithersburg, Roger Garcia, age 19, of the 19500 block of Frederick Road in Germantown, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, age 25, of the 18400 block of Cape Jasmine Way in Gaithersburg, were arrested and charged with the first-degree murders of the victims.

Both Galicia and Roger Garcia lived in Middlebrook Mobile Home Park on Frederick Road in Germantown.

The Montgomery County Forensics Services Section processed the crime scene and evidence was recovered to include DNA. Investigators identified Galicia as a suspect and obtained a Montgomery County search and seizure warrant for a sample of Galicia’s DNA. The Montgomery County Police Crime Lab has determined that the DNA at the crime scene belonged to Galicia.

On Friday, Dec. 1, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Galicia charging him two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Galicia was arrested at approximately 11:30 am Friday morning, after he was stopped while travelling in a vehicle on Hungerford Drive/Route 355 near Mannakee Street in Rockville.

In July, a Montgomery County Grand Jury handed up indictments for — Edgar Garcia-Gaona, Roger Garcia, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez — the three men charged with the brutal murder of two Northwest High School students.

According to police, the killers fired 30 rounds into the Honda Civic, shooting Najjar four times and Ziberov 10 times.

The Grand Jury indicted all three defendants on two counts each for the murder and two counts each of conspiracy to commit the murders, two counts each of use of a firearm during a violent crime or felony, and one count of armed robbery for the theft of Najjar’s cell phone. Garcia-Gaona picked up an additional count because he was Felon in possession of the firearm.