Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Indictment: Fugitive dad stabbed child's mother dead; abandoned 3-year-old son (Trenton, New Jersey)

Dad JOSE DELGADO-FEBRES (aka MICHAEL MARTINEZ) has been indicted in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, the mother of their 3-year-old son. The murder took place while the 3-year and the mother's teenage son were in the home. Shortly after the murder, dad disappeared, effectively abandoning the 3-year-old. Not that anybody would accuse him of being a good dad or anything.


Indictment: Fugitive stabbed his child's mother dead
Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Staff Writer

TRENTON — At-large murder suspect Jose Delgado-Febres has been indicted in absentia on charges he killed his girlfriend at their Trenton home while their children were inside the Beatty Street apartment nine months ago, authorities said yesterday.

The 36-year old fugitive is accused of ramming a blade into 27-year-old Yerika Hernandez’s back during an early morning argument on April 28, 2009.

Delgado-Febres, a Guatemalan also known as Michael Martinez, has been on the lam since the incident. When cops arrived at the crime scene at 1:20 a.m., they found the mother of two lying in a pool of blood.

Delgado-Febres is the biological father of Hernandez’s youngest son, who was 3 years old when his mom was taken from him. The fugitive also was the stepdad of Hernandez’s teenage son, who called the cops after witnessing his mom fall prey to the alleged domestic violence.

Medics rushed Hernandez to Capital Health-Fuld hospital, but she was soon pronounced dead from the deep puncture wound.

Hernandez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, but she had been living in Trenton for several years prior to her death. Hernandez enjoyed cooking Spanish meals for her loving family and dancing, according to her obituary. She was buried in her native country.

Cops issued arrest warrants for Delgado-Febres on the day of the murder, but the fugitive never answered his charges. The cold-hearted father abandoned his son and didn’t attend his girlfriend’s funeral. The INTERPOL international police force is reportedly hunting for the suspect in addition to U.S. law-enforcement agencies.

Yesterday, Mercer County Prosecutor Joe Bocchini said a county grand jury slapped Delgado-Febres with an indictment on counts of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. Those charges were handed up last week.

If you know where Delgado-Febres is hiding, call the Trenton police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663.