Fairfax County Police have arrested a 22-year-old suspect in the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Herndon, Virginia.
Nabra was reported missing on June 17 after she and her friends argued with two men in a car as they walked to a mosque.
Police say the girls argued with the two men and the argument escalated when the men jumped out of the car swinging baseball bats at the girls.
The friends ran away leaving Nabra behind. She was reported missing and her badly beaten body was found Sunday in a pond in Sterling, Va. A baseball bat was recovered nearby.
Police arrested Darwin Martinez Torres in the early hours of June 18 after police observed him driving his car “suspiciously close” to the crime scene. Torres, who is a native of El Salvador, faces murder and kidnapping charges.
Police are not calling Nabra’s death a hate crime. “At this point, there doesn’t seem to be indication this was a bias incident,” said Fairfax County Officer Tawny Wright. “It looks like they got into a dispute over something.”
Nabra’s body was found on the same day that a crazed man drove his car into a crowd of worshippers leaving a mosque in London, England. One man was killed and 10 people were injured. Darren Osbourne, 47, of Wales, was charged in that attack. 2 other suspects are still at large.