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Suspect turns himself in for homicide at North Valley supermarket

Homicide arrest
October 26, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – APD homicide detectives charged and arrested Juventino Hernandez for the beating death of a man at a North Valley supermarket.

Detectives identified Hernandez, 27, as a suspect in the incident that took place on Oct. 16, 2023, in the parking lot of the John Brooks supermarket, located at 1130 Candelaria Rd., N.W. The victim, 40-year-old Michael Trujillo, was attacked and beaten.

Surveillance video from the store shows a man, later identified as Hernandez, running from the direction of the front doors of the business and knocking Trujillo off his bike. Hernandez violently kicked and stomped on Trujillo’s head. Several people at the supermarket came to his aid, and he was transported to the hospital. He died days later as a result of his wounds.

After Hernandez’s death was announced on Wednesday, Hernandez called police to turn himself in. He met with homicide detectives today, and exercised his rights to consult with an attorney.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Hernandez, charging him with an open count of murder. He was booked into the Metro Detention Center.