Illegal immigrant charged with rape and murder of Maryland mother of 5

The illegal immigrant is also accused of murdering a woman in El Salvador.

Published: June 16, 2024 9:56am

Updated: June 16, 2024 10:15am

An illegal immigrant from El Salvador was charged in connection to the murder of Maryland mother of five Rachel Morin, police announced.

The illegal immigrant, Victor Antonio Martinez Hernandez, 23, was arrested Friday evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a crime spree that he started in El Salvador and continued in multiple cities across the United States, police said Saturday.

Hernandez illegally came to the U.S. in February 2023, one month after he was accused of killing a young woman in El Salvador, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler of Harford County, Maryland, said during a press conference announcing the suspect's arrest.

In March 2023, Hernandez allegedly committed a violent home invasion in Los Angeles that left multiple people, including a 9-year-old girl, injured, according to police.

Hernandez made his way to Maryland by August 2023, when Morin, 37, went missing on a pedestrian trail. Her body was discovered the next day.

Hernandez is now charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape in connection to Morin's death.

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