Robbery, murder suspects found hiding in attic - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Robbery, murder suspects found hiding in attic

Mardracus West (L) and Earl Brown (R) (Source: MPD) Mardracus West (L) and Earl Brown (R) (Source: MPD)
Bardomiano Perez Hernandez (Source: family) Bardomiano Perez Hernandez (Source: family)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The two men who police say shot and killed a man on Dec. 18 were found hiding together in an attic, according to Memphis Police Department.

Bardomiano Perez Hernandez, 33, was killed during a robbery on Yale Drive a week before Christmas. His body was not discovered until on Feb. 5.

Mardracus West, 19, and Earl Brown, 20, are now charged with first-degree murder in Hernandez's death.

"Sad because he was there for a long time, without us knowing that he was there," Hernandez' ex-girlfriend Maris Morales said.

According to a police affidavit, West admitted he demanded money from Hernandez and two other people, who were inside a van on Yale Drive. The three people inside the van then threw beer cans at West; that's when West said he opened fire.

Two of the people inside the van escaped, but Hernandez was not so lucky. 

Weeks after Hernandez was killed, controversy came to light. MPD said it discovered Hernandez's body still in the back of the van he was in when the robbery and shooting happened.

Up until that point, nobody with MPD, the towing company, or the impound lot noticed the body, which appeared to be in plain sight in the back of the van.

West and Brown also face charges of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of attempted especially aggravated robbery.

West is also charged with employing a gun during a dangerous felony. He has a history of criminal charges in Shelby County. Records show he's been charged five different times for crimes that vary from theft and robbery to drug possession.

In February 2017, a police affidavit said West was with a group of men when they allegedly beat a man, kicking him in his head, and stealing his watch and wallet.

Brown previously just had misdemeanor charges for driving without a license and not wearing a seat belt.

Jose Salazar is helping raise money for Pablo Caster's medical bills. Caster was shot four times in this armed robbery captured by a security camera.

"I was surprised. I was amazed at the things that are going on. It's just unbelievable," Salazar said.

Supporters of Caster will be watching to see how the latest charges against West and Brown play out.

"There's a lot of things that aren't clear to me that I would like to be explained," Salazar said.

A third suspect remains at large. If you know anything that may assist police, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Copyright 2018 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Abduction/rape suspect appears in court, bond set

    Abduction/rape suspect appears in court, bond set

    Thursday, August 16 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-08-16 16:02:34 GMT

    A man accused of abducting and raping a Greene County woman earlier this week is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond.

    A man accused of abducting and raping a Greene County woman earlier this week is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond.

  • 3D prints improving accuracy of spinal surgery

    3D prints improving accuracy of spinal surgery

    Thursday, August 16 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-08-16 13:53:56 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:58 AM EDT2018-08-16 14:58:05 GMT
    Surgeons are increasing their accuracy rate to 99% versus 95 or 96. (Source: NBC)Surgeons are increasing their accuracy rate to 99% versus 95 or 96. (Source: NBC)
    Surgeons are increasing their accuracy rate to 99% versus 95 or 96. (Source: NBC)Surgeons are increasing their accuracy rate to 99% versus 95 or 96. (Source: NBC)

    New technology at one Michigan hospital allows doctors to actually see the spine before cutting the patient open.

    New technology at one Michigan hospital allows doctors to actually see the spine before cutting the patient open.

  • Satanic Temple to protest monument on state capitol grounds

    Satanic Temple to protest monument on state capitol grounds

    Thursday, August 16 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-08-16 12:09:09 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-08-16 14:51:30 GMT
    the group plans to display its statue of Baphomet, a horned figure associated with Satanism, at the rally. (Source: KARK)the group plans to display its statue of Baphomet, a horned figure associated with Satanism, at the rally. (Source: KARK)
    Satanic temple to protest monument in Little Rock (Source: KARK)Satanic temple to protest monument in Little Rock (Source: KARK)

    Leaders with the Satanic Temple will hold a rally at the Arkansas State Capitol Wednesday over the 10 Commandments monument.

    Leaders with the Satanic Temple will hold a rally at the Arkansas State Capitol Wednesday over the 10 Commandments monument.

Powered by Frankly