Arrest Made in North Valley Supermarket Homicide
Posted By: ABQ RAW Staff
Posted On: 10/27/2023 @ 9:30AM
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In Albuquerque, there has been a significant development in a recent tragic incident. The Albuquerque Police Department's (APD) homicide detectives have arrested a man named Juventino Hernandez in connection with the death of another man at a North Valley supermarket.
The incident occurred on October 16, 2023, at the John Brooks supermarket on 1130 Candelaria Rd., N.W. The victim, Michael Trujillo, aged 40, was brutally attacked and beaten.
Detectives were able to identify Hernandez, who is 28 years old, as a suspect through surveillance footage. The video showed Hernandez running from the store's front doors and knocking Trujillo off his bicycle. Hernandez then violently kicked and stomped on Trujillo's head. While this was happening, an unidentified individual rushed to where Hernandez was assaulting Trujillo, prompting the attacker, Hernandez, to cease his assault. It seemed that the other person engaged in a conversation with Hernandez before he quickly retreated back to the store. Thankfully, several individuals at the grocery store offered assistance to Trujillo, providing medical care, and he was subsequently transported to the hospital by AFR. Tragically, Trujillo succumbed to his injuries days later.
At 9:35 AM on October 26, 2023, following the news of Trujillo's passing, Hernandez contacted emergency services, expressing his intention to surrender. Hernandez informed them that "he had beat a male subject at the John Brooks on October 16, 2023." Hernandez desired to turn himself in as he had been intoxicated during the incident, but was now sober. Hernandez provided his residential address to the APD.
Hernandez voluntarily turned himself in to the police and was transported to the southeast substation. According to the criminal complaint, Hernandez made a "spontaneous utterance that he knew the victim." Hernandez went on to tell a Sergeant that "that they had been friends and that this had been going on for a long time." The Sergeant refrained from inquiring about their friendship or asking questions, opting instead to inform Hernandez that he could speak with detectives about the situation.
Upon meeting with APD detectives and being read his Miranda Rights, Hernandez expressed that he did not want to speak with the detectives without the presence of a lawyer, so their interview ended.
Hernandez now faces serious charges, as detectives obtained an arrest warrant, charging him with an open count of murder. He has been booked into the Metro Detention Center.