Arrest made in Colgate homicide
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:29

Police investigated a homicide on Scarsdale Road in Colgate on Monday. The victim, a male in his early 20s, was stabbed to death. photo by Roland Dorsey

Victim died of apparent stab wounds Monday

by Nicole Rodman

On Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:20 a.m., Baltimore County Police responded to the 400 block of Scarsdale Road with reports of an injured subject.
    Upon arrival at the scene, police discovered the already-deceased victim, a Hispanic male in his 20s.
    The victim was later identified as 26-year-old Victor DeJesus Portillo, a resident of the home in which his body was found.
     Located in the basement of the home, the body was covered in a number of stab wounds.
    “When they arrived they found a young male in the basement. He was already deceased of what appeared to be stab wounds,” Baltimore County Police spokesperson Elise Armacost said on Monday.
    She cautioned that the cause of death is not yet official, pending confirmation by the medical examiner.
    According to Armacost, Spanish-speaking detectives were called to the scene to assist with translation.
    During an investigation that lasted into Monday afternoon, police cordoned off a four-block evidence trail surrounding Scarsdale Road.
    “The crime scene extends four blocks because evidence was dropped and tracked through the neighborhood,” Armacost explained.
    By Tuesday afternoon, police announced the arrest of a suspect, Edwin Alexander Iglesias-Reyes, 20. He has been charged with first-degree murder.
    According to homicide detectives, Portillo and Iglesias-Reyes were roommates. They had apparently gotten into an argument that escalated into violence.
    Detectives allege that, during argument, Iglesias-Reyes stabbed Portillo multiple times, leaving the house immediately thereafter.
    As he fled the scene,  police noted, Iglesias-Reyes  allegedly left a trail of blood leading out of the basement crime scene and continuing throughout the neighborhood.
    Police found the apparent murder weapon, a knife, in an alley just behind the home. 
    Iglesias-Reyes is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.