Man killed dur­ing fight at half­way house

Vic­tim stabbed with pen, res­i­dent ar­rested

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM - BY ELISE KA­PLAN JOUR­NAL STAFF WRITER

A pro­ba­tioner liv­ing at a fed­eral half­way house in north­east Al­bu­querque is back be­hind bars af­ter po­lice say he stabbed another res­i­dent in the chest, with what may have been a pen, killing him Mon­day even­ing.

Ty­rone Her­rera, 48, is charged with mur­der.

It is un­clear how long Her­rera had been at the Diersen Char­i­ties half­way house, on Me­naul near Carlisle NE, be­fore the stab­bing, but court records show it wasn’t his first stay there. The direc­tor of Diersen Char­i­ties did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to phone calls Tues­day.

He pleaded guilty to fed­eral charges of be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm in 2011 and was sen­tenced to al­most four years in prison with three years of su­per­vised re­lease to fol­low, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral court doc­u­ments. Since then court records show he had vi­o­lated his con­di­tions of re­lease a hand­ful of times, in­clud­ing in 2015 when he was kicked out of the Diersen Char­i­ties house be­cause author­i­ties say he failed a drug test.

Around 6:30 p.m. Mon­day, Al­bu­querque Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers were called to the non­de­script half­way house in the midst of a com­mer­cial district on Me­naul for re­ports that a res­i­dent, later iden­ti­fied as Jose Gon­za­les, 33, had been stabbed.

Gon­za­les, di­vorced and un­em­ployed, had been home­less and liv­ing on a friend’s couch in Los An­ge­les three years ago when he was asked to carry al­most five pounds of metham­phetamine to Arkansas, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral court doc­u­ments. He was ar­rested at the Grey­hound sta­tion in July 2015 and charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute. He pleaded guilty in April 2016 and even­tu­ally ended up in the half­way house.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived at the Diersen Char­i­ties house they found Gon­za­les ly­ing in the door­way of the re­cep­tion area with a penny-sized stab wound be­low his col­lar­bone, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint filed in Metropoli­tan Court. He died at the scene.

Em­ploy­ees at the house iden­ti­fied Her­rera as the per­son who stabbed Gon­za­les and pointed of­fi­cers to his dorm room. He was taken into cus­tody.

Other res­i­dents who saw the fight told de­tec­tives Her­rera was in the li­brary when Gon­za­les came up to him and asked him for a quar­ter. Then, they said, Her­rera got up and started chas­ing Gon­za­les around the table.

“(The wit­ness) said they ran around the table when Ty­rone punched Jose in the chest, but (the wit­ness) ob­served some­thing shiny in Ty­rone’s hand,” the de­tec­tive wrote in the com­plaint. “(The wit­ness) said he ob­served blood on the vic­tim’s shirt af­ter he was punched in the chest.”

Sur­veil­lance video of the li­brary shows Her­rera “re­moved an ob­ject from the pen­cil box and con­cealed it in his waist­band just be­fore Jose walked in the room,” ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

Af­ter Gon­za­les was stabbed he ran out of the room and into the re­cep­tion area say­ing “calm down, back up” to Her­rera who was fol­low­ing be­hind him.

Then, po­lice say, he sat down on a chair and fell to the ground. A short time later he was dead.

GREG SORBER/JOUR­NAL

Al­bu­querque Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gate af­ter they say a man was stabbed to death at a fed­eral half­way house on Me­naul near Carlisle NE Mon­day even­ing. Another pro­ba­tioner was ar­rested and charged with mur­der.

Ty­rone Her­rera

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