ICE Slaps Detainer on Man Accused of Killing Va. Teen


FAIRFAX CO., VIRGINIA — – A man who was charged with murdering a 17-year-old Reston girl who was reported missing Sunday has been issued a detainer by U.S. lmmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials—who believe he is in the country illegally.

Police say Nabra Hassanen was walking to a Mosque with a group of friends when they got into a dispute with a man in a car. It appears the suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, got out of his car and assaulted the victim. Her friends could not find her and police were called to help.

Numerous patrol officers from the Fairfax County Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office immediately began an extensive search. The police helicopter, K-9 teams and search and rescue teams also responded to search for the missing teen, whom officers believed to be injured. While searching, one officer saw a car driving suspiciously in the area and stopped it. The driver, later identified as Martinez Torres, was taken into custody as a suspect.

Around 3 p.m., the remains of a female were found in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle, in Sterling. A baseball bat was also recovered at the scene.

The Office of The Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the identity of the remains and determine the exact cause and manner of death; however, detectives do believe the remains are those of Hassanen.

“This tragic case appears to be the result of a road rage incident involving the suspect, who was driving and who is now charged with murder, and a group of teenagers who was walking and riding bikes in and along a roadway,” police said in a statement. “Our investigation at this point does not indicate the victim was targeted because of her race or religion. Should new information be revealed to suggest it was, we would pursue it.”

They later obtained a murder warrant charging Martinez Torres for her death.

ICE places detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges and for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States, so that ICE can take custody of the alien when he or she is released from local custody.