- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 12, 2005

Two Largo men were arrested and charged in the death of a missing Montgomery County woman as authorities continued the search for her body.

Antoine Levelle Gatewood, 33, was charged Friday with first-degree murder. The second suspect, Dion Dishion Desir, 34, of the 500 block of West Mount Lubentia Court was charged yesterday as an accessory after the fact.

The two were arrested late Friday in connection with the disappearance of Emily Cagal, 24, of Rockville, an exotic dancer who was reported missing March 5.

The men, who are roommates, were being held without bail in Montgomery County Detention Center.

“The family would like to thank police and the media for working diligently to bring those responsible to justice,” attorney Timur Edib, a spokesman for Miss Cagal’s family, said yesterday.

The county police’s press office yesterday wouldn’t comment on whether the killing had anything to do with the victim’s job. Authorities said Mr. Gatewood is an ex-boyfriend of Miss Cagal.

The family was unaware that Miss Cagal worked as an exotic dancer for Touch Too Much Entertainment, a firm that supplies exotic dancers for parties, Mr. Edib said.

“The family would like to emphasize that irrespective of Emily’s lifestyle, that she is their daughter, that she is loved and that she is still missing,” Mr. Edib said. The family wants to find her body “to bring closure to this horrific ordeal.”

Investigators believe Mr. Gatewood killed Miss Cagal on March 2 in her apartment in the 10200 block of Grosvenor Place. Police found a large stain in the carpet that was determined to be blood.

The building’s surveillance cameras showed the missing woman’s vehicle, a 2005 Acura MDX, entering the parking garage March 3 by using her access card. The two suspects were seen entering the building through the parking garage doors leading to the elevator.

For several hours, they removed property belonging to Miss Cagal, including a large chest, which investigators believe contained her body. After cleaning the crime scene, the suspects used Miss Cagal’s sport utility vehicle to transport the chest, eventually abandoning the vehicle in the District.

After receiving a tip, D.C. Police found the SUV in the 5600 block of Blaine Street NE on Tuesday near the Prince George’s County line.

The two suspects were arrested Friday night at their home in Largo. Upon searching the residence, authorities found a pipe bomb.

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