Two people have been charged in a suspected gang-related assault in the Manassas area, Prince William County police said.
On April 26 detectives with the Prince William Gang Unit began an investigation into an assault that occurred in the Manassas area of Prince William County in September 2018, Prince William County police spokeswoman Renee Carr said in a news release.
Police said an adult woman “was forced into the wooded area” near the 10500 block of Lariat Lane in the Manassas area on two different occasions by an acquaintance, identified as Santos Yubini Salmeron Lopez.
The woman was then assaulted by members of the criminal street gang Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.
The victim recently reported the incidents to police prompting the investigation, Carr said in the news release.
Police obtained warrants for Lopez, 27, of North Van Dorn Street in Alexandria, and on June 4 officers located him in Alexandria and arrested him on charges of abduction, malicious wounding, assault by mob and gang participation.
He was held without bond and has a court date on July 23.
A second suspect, identified as Edgar Eduardo Juarez Villatoro, 24, of no fixed address, faces the same charges. Police have not yet located him.
Villatoro is described as Hispanic 5 feet 9 inches tall and 183 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.