Man Charged in Merrifield Area Homicide

080812joselopezcastroJose Ivan Lopez CastroPolice arrested a man yesterday around 1 a.m. in connection with a suspicious death in the 9100 block of Barrick Street in the Merrifield area.

Police responded to a report of a body with apparent stab wounds found in the bathroom of an apartment around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. The body was identified as Oscar Rivera, 38, an occupant of the apartment.

Following interviews and further investigation throughout the night, police charged Jose Ivan Lopez Castro, 20, another occupant of the apartment with murder. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

The deceased and suspects are known to each other and police believe there was an altercation between the suspect and victim prior to the victim’s death.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.