A suspect was arrested Monday for the murder of Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen after her body was located in a Virginia pond a day earlier. Darwin Martinez Torres was charged with the 17-year-old’s allged murder.
Hassanen was on her way with friends to eat a final meal at a nearby IHOP before fasting for Ramadan Sunday in Fairfax County, Virginia. Martinez, 22, approached the group in a car and assaulted Hassanen, according to police. Hassanen’s friends split up and fled during the attack and when they regrouped, couldn’t find Hassanen.
Hassanen’s friends alerted local authorities who began searching the area with helicopters and K9 teams. A body thought to belong to Hassanen was found later Sunday in a pond about three miles from where the original confrontation took place, police said. Investigators also found a baseball bat and Hassanen’s mother was told her daughter was struck with a metal bat, according to the Washington Post.
During the search, police stopped Torres in his car for “driving suspiciously in the area.” He was subsequently charged with murder. The Fairfax County Police Department said they found several pieces of evidence but did not discuss what they were.
It remained unclear Monday whether Martinez had yet entered a plea in response to the charges or whether he and Hassanen knew each other before the confrontation took place.
“I just can’t think of a worse instance to occur with the loss of a 17-year-old on Father’s Day,” Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman said at a news conference Sunday. “As a father of a 17-year-old myself, I can’t think of anything worse than confronting that on this particular day.”
While police said they were confident the body belonged to Hassanen, a medical examiner was set to perform an autopsy to determine the identify officially and what the cause of death was. Police also said the murder was not being…