Update: Gwinnett PD seek info in suspects identified in I.85/985 sibling homicide

press release from gwinnett county police department

(Friday, Ga., Sep. 1, 2023) – Detectives have identified two suspects in the double homicide of Maria Rosaria Montes Dorantes, 23 and her brother, Juan Angel Montes, 16

The lead detective has charged Manuel Lorenzo Sanchez, 41, with 2 counts of Felony Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm or Knife During Commission of or Attempt to Commit Certain Crimes.

The lead detective has also charged Ricardo Lorenzo Montes, 24, with Tampering With Evidence.

The current whereabouts of Manuel and Ricardo are unknown. If anyone has information about the location of these two suspects, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 404.577.8477. Editor’s Note and arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.

(Thursday, Ga., Aug. 31, 2023) – The Gwinnett County Police Department Criminal Investigations Section is seeking help from the public in an investigation into the death of a male and female on the interstate that has been ruled a double homicide. 

On Sunday, August 27, shortly before 7:30 p.m., officers assigned to the North Precinct were dispatched to an unknown medical call on Interstate 85 at the 985 split. A male and female were found deceased on the shoulder in the grass by a passerby. There were no vehicles near the bodies.

The bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office, where it was determined that their deaths resulted from gunshot wounds.

The female victim has been identified as Maria Rosaria Montes Dorantes, 23, and the male was identified as her brother, Juan Angel Montes, 16, of Griffin. 

Investigators with the Homicide Unit are following up on leads and seeking tips.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, they are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. 

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