Arrest Made in Rachel Morin Murder Case: Suspect Allegedly Crossed Border Illegally

Harford County, Maryland – A man has been arrested for the suspected murder and sexual assault of Maryland woman Rachel Morin last year. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office announced the apprehension of Victor Martinez-Hernandez with the assistance of federal law enforcement, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

During a press conference, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler revealed that Martinez-Hernandez, a 23-year-old citizen of El Salvador who illegally crossed the U.S. border in February of 2023, is the prime suspect in the violent homicide case of the 37-year-old mother of five. The charges against Martinez-Hernandez include first-degree murder and first-degree rape.

Following his arrest, Martinez-Hernandez was booked into a Tulsa County jail early on June 15 and is awaiting extradition to Maryland. Additionally, an ICE hold has been placed on him for a potential transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Legal records have indicated that he is being held without bond on a fugitive from justice complaint with no legal representation listed.

The tragic case of Rachel Morin’s murder has raised concerns about border security and immigration enforcement policies, as Martinez-Hernandez was able to enter the country illegally. The community is distraught by the loss of Morin and demands justice for her and her family. Law enforcement officials are working diligently to ensure that Martinez-Hernandez faces the appropriate consequences for his alleged heinous crimes.

As the investigation continues and Martinez-Hernandez awaits extradition, the authorities are urging anyone with information related to the case to come forward. The case serves as a reminder of the importance of cooperation between local and federal agencies in solving complex criminal cases and delivering justice for the victims and their families.