Prince George’s County Police Department Arrest Three Suspects for Murder of 14-Year-Old Girl

May 17, 2019

The Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit identified and charged three suspects in connection with the murder of a teenage girl.

The victim is 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz of Adelphi. The suspects are 16-year-old Josue Fuentes-Ponce of Bladensburg, 17-year-old Joel Escobar of Northeast Washington, DC, and 14-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi of Lothian. Detectives are working to identify a fourth suspect. All of the arrested suspects are charged as adults.

On May 15, 2019, at approximately 10:00 am, officers discovered the victim’s body in a creek in the 6300 block of 64th Avenue in Riverdale. An autopsy conducted on May 16th determined Funes died from blunt force trauma and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The preliminary investigation reveals that on April 18th the three arrested suspects, the fourth unidentified suspect and the victim drove together to an apartment complex in the 6300 block of 64th Avenue in Riverdale. The group then walked into a wooded area behind the complex where the victim was killed.

Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar are members of the MS-13 gang.

The three arrested suspects are all charged with first-degree murder and related charges. Escobar and Hernandez-Nucamendi are in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status. Ponce is in custody at the Cheltenham Youth Detention Center.

If anyone has information relevant to this investigation, they are asked to please call our detectives at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

28 Responses to Prince George’s County Police Department Arrest Three Suspects for Murder of 14-Year-Old Girl

  1. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 9:57 am

    If they did this they are all pieces of human filth. They all deserve life without parole, unfortunately they can’t get that. Even being charged as adults, because they are under 18, they will walk out of prison one day. That is not right, they all deserve to die in prison. Sooner rather then later if it were up to me.

  2. Mike on May 17, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Deport them all

  3. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 10:30 am


  4. Thanos_Did_Nothing_Wrong on May 17, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Cue the Trumpette’s……….now

    • Chrissy on May 20, 2019 at 9:19 am

      You d*mn right! Send them back home. Can’t dispute facts and the fact is, they killed an innocent 14 year old girl.

    • Anonymous on May 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      Obamanure’s you mean.

  5. Not a good friday on May 17, 2019 at 10:40 am

    A waste, so youthful but so hateful.
    A mistake all 3 will regret sooner than later.
    I actually feel bad for all 3. I am sure their upbringing was lousy with no love.

    • Harry Callahan on May 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      If you’re trollin’ nobody’s rollin’, but if you’re serious, you’re a demented fool. It’s hard to tell, liberal thinking is so screwed up, they would say something as stupid as that.

    • Chris on May 20, 2019 at 9:17 am

      How about feel bad for the child they killed – not them. They know better no matter their upbringing. They are still walking this Earth, she is not.

  6. Jimmy V. on May 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Build The Wall!

  7. Anonymous #13 on May 17, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Great way to start life, young lady A 14-year-old murder suspect. SMH Riverdale/New Carrollton area is quickly becoming Mexico North. It took nearly a month to find the victim? Didn’t someone report her missing. This whole thing seems fishy to me.

  8. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hang by neck until death

    • A Shame that Justice Will Not Be Done on May 20, 2019 at 6:44 am


      Butchering bastards need to be executed SWIFTLY –

      Then dump the bodies in the nearest landfill to rot –

  9. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Build that wall now!!!

  10. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Nah, we don’t need a wall, just as the Democrats planned.

  11. SBD on May 17, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Nancy’s kids. Just doin’ what dreamers do.

  12. Publius on May 18, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Hang Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar, then deport them.

    Mr. Hoyer, if you or any of your staffers read the comments to this story: this is what your refusal to control immigration into our country brings us. You are importing criminals by not vetting each entry. The Constitution assigns the responsibility for making immigration laws to the Congress. Uphold your oath of office.

    It is well past time to throw Hoyer out of office. It’s obvious that a man who has done nothing in his adult life other than politics, cannot represent the working taxpayers of Maryland’s 5th Congressional district.

    • Anonymous on May 20, 2019 at 8:14 am

      As long as the brain washed of PG and Charles Counties keep electing him, Steny doesn’t care. Like most Democrats, America is for sale to the lowest bidder as long as they stay in power.

  13. Anonymous on May 18, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Build the WALL before it’s too late!

    • Anonymous on May 20, 2019 at 6:59 am

      It is for her

  14. LOOOOL on May 18, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Haha no going back to El Salvador for 20 years at
    least. Bye bit###s

  15. Just Sayin' on May 19, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Yeah, let’s leave that border wide open and accept more of these wonderful individuals.

  16. Anonymous on May 20, 2019 at 7:00 am

    It is too late for her.

  17. Sick&Tired of being Sick&Tired on May 20, 2019 at 8:43 am

    So where do we need to send these little white girls and boys that shoot up high schools and kill their parents? You want black to go back to Africa and Hispanics to go back to Mexico, but where should these white kids go. Sounds like they need to get back on the boat to Europe, since this was not your home anymore than it was ours. Don’t forget we came over here on boats just like you did, just not by our own choice, thanks to you! The term Native Americans refers to the people whom home this really is, not the white people that came over and stole it from them by force.

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2019 at 8:41 am

      I don’t want any of that and I didn’t steal anything. My family came here legally, it was a long process but they say it was worth it to be a legal taxpaying American. What I want is people to be civilized, follow the law, work hard, pay taxes, and respect other people. People that are here illegally don’t respect our laws and the majority that don’t pay taxes don’t respect our people. If they did they would wait their turn and do things the legal way.

    • Wiggy on May 22, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Apples and Oranges. School shootings are happening more frequently, but not at the same rate of violence crimes committed by the Black and Latino communities. Are all school shootings committed by white boys and girls?

  18. Libs built that on May 20, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Cant report her missing, for fear if immigration. Yet another reason people need to be her legally. Those that are living here and trying to remain in the shadows and stay off the radar, cant report crimes when they are victimized.

    So they are abused, robbed, raped, assaulted, extorted, held for ransom, etc on their journey here. Then they are victimized over and over and over while they are here because they cant seek out law enforcement. And somehow the Liberals think that they have it right on immigration????

  19. Harry Callahan on May 22, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Prince George’s County Govt. should be charged with conspiracy to commit murder for not handing over these turds on multiple charges including attempted murder to ICE in 2018, ignoring the lawful retainer and releasing them so they could later murder. Sanctuary City my ass. They ought to be called Fugitive Harboring Cities and held responsible for the crimes they enable.