Police: Two more MS-13 gang members arrested in the murder of Raymond Wood in Bedford Co.
BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- The Bedford County Sheriff's Office has announced that two more people have been charged in the murder of 17-year-old Raymond Wood.
The sheriff's office says Kevin Soto-Bonilla, age 20, was arrested in New York on September 19, 2017 and Cristian Jose Sanchez-Gomez, age 22, was arrested on October 5, 2017 in Albemarle County.
Soto-Bonilla will be extradited back to Bedford in the coming days.
Sanchez-Gomez is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail on no bond.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office confirms the two additional arrests are members of the MS-13 gang.
"These arrests are the direct result of Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies," the sheriff's office wrote in a news release. "These investigators are to be commended for the dedication and laser like concentration that followed their efforts, which were protracted and long-drawn-out, in bringing this case to a successful conclusion."
Three alleged MS-13 gang members have already been charged in the murder of Wood.
Josue Coreas-Ventura, 20, and Lisandro Posada-Vasquez, 24, are charged with capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.
Victor Arnoldo Rodas, age 19, has been charged with first degree murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.
This week, another alleged MS-13 gang member was indicted in connection to Wood's murder as well.
The federal indictment indicated that Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, directed gang members to go to Bedford County and murder Raymond Wood; he's charged in connection to four murders, including Wood's, extortion, and gun and drug trafficking.
The sheriff's office said after the crime in March, investigators quickly realized there were additional suspects that had managed to avoid arrest.
The investigation further revealed that they were not from Virginia and had fled the area, the information was not released so the investigation could continue without driving them further underground, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
In addition, the sheriff's office said investigator's efforts were instrumental in the arrest of other individuals not associated with Wood's case, but major players in another criminal enterprise.