Kevin Soto-Bonilla, Cristian Jose Sanchez-Gomez

Kevin Soto-Bonilla (left) and Cristian Jose Sanchez-Gomez

Update: Two more men have been arrested in connection with the homicide of Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

Kevin Soto-Bonilla, 20, and Cristian Jose Sanchez-Gomez, 22, were arrested Sept. 19 and Oct. 5, respectively, according to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Soto-Bonilla was arrested in New York and “will be extradited back to Bedford in the coming days,” the release states.

Sanchez-Gomez was arrested in Albemarle and is held in a Blue Ridge Regional Jail facility without bond.

Investigators are working on the Wood case, but the sheriff’s office said “these arrests conclude the search for suspects directly involved in the death of the juvenile victim.”

The sheriff’s office hadn’t released information on the two suspects as part of a “tactical decision” to prevent “driving them further underground” because they had left the area since the crime, according to the release.

“In addition, our investigator’s efforts were instrumental in the arrest of other individuals not associated with our case but major players in another criminal enterprise,” the release states.

Jose Coreas-Ventura, 20; Lisandro Posada-Vasquez, 24; and Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 19, also stand accused in the killing of Wood, whose body was found March 27 on Roaring Run Road in Goode.

Coreas-Ventura and Posada-Vasquez have been indicted on charges of capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

Rodas has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

It’s unclear what Soto-Bonilla and Sanchez-Gomez’s exact charges are. Bedford County law enforcement would provide no further comment on the case Friday.

Earlier this week, one alleged MS-13 gang member was named in a federal indictment that connected him with a killing in Bedford County on March 27. The indictment identifies the victim as “Victim-5.”

Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was charged with conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise and conspiring to distribute cocaine between January and August 2017. He’s one of eight defendants with various gang-related charges enumerated in that indictment.

The indictment states Contreras “arranged for members of the Sailors Clique of MS-13 to travel from Maryland to Lynchburg, Virginia, where they met with other MS-13 members and associates.” Those gang members murdered “Victim-5” in Bedford County on March 27, the indictment states.


 

Earlier: Two more men have been arrested in connection with the homicide of Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

Kevin Soto-Bonilla, 20, and Cristian Jose Sanchez-Gomez, 22, were arrested Sept. 19 and Oct. 5 respectively, according to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Soto-Bonilla was arrested in New York and “will be extradited back to Bedford in the coming days,” the release states.

Sanchez-Gomez was arrested in Albemarle and is held in a Blue Ridge Regional Jail facility without bond.

Investigators still are working on the case, but the sheriff’s office said the two men are the last to be arrested as “suspects directly involved in the death of the juvenile victim.”

The sheriff’s office hadn’t released information on the two suspects as part of a “tactical decision” to prevent “driving them further underground,” according to the release.

“In addition, our investigator’s efforts were instrumental in the arrest of other individuals not associated with our case but major players in another criminal enterprise,” the release states.

Jose Coreas-Ventura, 20; Lisandro Posada-Vazquez, 24; and Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 19, also stand accused in the killing of Wood, whose body was found March 27 on Roaring Run Road in Goode.

Coreas-Ventura and Posada-Vazquez have been indicted on charges of capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

Rodas has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

This has been a breaking news update. Check back later for more details.

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