Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 3/10/2017

Central Baltimore—Andres Argeta pled guilty to Life in prison for the murder of Edwin Rivera. In accordance with the plea agreement, Argeta will serve a concurrent 10-year sentence for Use of Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence; a concurrent 25-year sentence for the attempted murder of Mario Vasquez; a concurrent nine-year sentence for assault in the first degree of Oscar Torres; and a concurrent three-year sentence for the assault in the second degree of Irma Maravilla.

Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Diehl prosecuted the case.

On February 6, 2016, Baltimore Police officers responded to a shooting at a bar in the 500 block of South Bond Street. Upon arrival, first responders found that four victims had been shot—one of whom later died at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

According to witness testimony, Argeta and Nehemais Batista were seated at the restaurant’s bar prior to the shooting. Argeta and his accomplice—for reasons unknown—covered their faces with clothing and began firing at Rivera and his associates seated in the dining area.

Argeta and Batista exited the bar and hopped into a taxi waiting outside with a third accomplice. Police were able to link all three men to the crime by examining the phone records of the device used to call the taxi. The phone records traced back to an address where investigators found weapons used in the attack.

“A quadruple shooting of men and women in a restaurant is not something we expect to see in a civil society,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “I am extremely disturbed by this case, but I’m glad that the shooters in this case, who showed a reckless disregard for life, will now spend the rest of their lives in prison."

Batista was convicted in January 2017.