Five teenagers, including two minors, have been charged with the rare crime of lynching.
The charges came after the group viciously murdered a man in his apartment by riddling his door, and 24-year-old Reynaldo Eliazar Araujo, full of bullets, Fox 5 DC reported.
The motive for the murder was robbery police said.
The teens, 18-year-old Terrance Tyrese Martin, 19-year-old Ebelin Jojana Lopez, 19-year-old Seni Jimenez Blanco and two 17-year-old boys, were indicted by a grand jury on Monday on a myriad of charges that included lynching.
Lynching is defined as “any act of violence by a mob upon the body of any person, which shall result in the death of such person,” Manassas City Police Department spokesperson Sarah Maroney said in a press release.
The teens went to the victim’s home and murdered and robbed him around 2 a.m., Fox 5 DC reported.
The other motive, police said, was to commit as gruesome a crime as possible in order to gain rank and reputation in their gang.
“What we do know is these younger generations are trying to make a name for themselves, so some of the crimes they are committing are very gruesome, are very violent just so they can build their own reputation because that is what gangs are about — building a reputation of being the baddest gang in the area,” Executive Director of the Northern Virginia regional gang task force, Jay Lanham said.
“They have no problem committing the crimes they’re committing and the violence that goes along with it and that’s scary. That should be scary for anyone,” Latham said.
One of the minors was charged with murder and both are going to be tried as adults.
Authorities have not said which teen they believed committed the murder or if the attackers knew their victim.
No trial date has been set thus far.