ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two teens are charged with murder after what police say was a robbery gone wrong. The Albuquerque Police Department reported that the second teenage suspect related to the murder of an Albuquerque massage parlor owner has been arrested. Sihui Fang, 45, was killed on Monday night at the Wonderful Massage near Menaul and San Pedro. Police had issued an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Juan Carlos Hernandez. He and 18-year-old Jorge Rivera-Ramirez are accused of trying to rob the parlor.
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On Friday night, the community came together to honor Fang who fought for her life and managed to shoot one of her attackers before she was gunned down. People traveled from as far as Roswell and Las Cruces to show their love and support outside the massage parlor.
According to a criminal complaint, one of the teens walked into the business on Monday night pretending to be a customer and then pulled a gun and demanded money. Fang tried to run, investigators say the teens dragged her back inside by her hair where they got into a shootout. Fang was killed and Rivera-Ramirez was wounded and called 911 for medical help. Hernandez meanwhile, took off and was arrested on Friday.
According to a criminal complaint, Rivera-Ramirez admitted to police the pair had robbed other massage parlors previously and admitted to being there for the robbery with Hernandez but blamed the shooting on the older teen. Police believe both teens opened fire. According to the complaint, Fang was shot at least 10 times. APD says law enforcement in Seminole, Texas arrested Hernandez.
Albuquerque’s Asian American leaders say it can be all too easy to target their community. “Discussing how we could do better at reporting because we know the statistics are underreported within our own community. It’s why we fought hard for language access,” said Lan Sena, community leader and former city councilor.
“I think what we’re seeing right now is true solidarity for different communities to stand up and say enough is enough, we don’t want to see another family member lost by violence,” said Rep. Kay Bounkeua (D-Albuquerque).
Fang moved to the U.S. from China and taught herself English before opening her own business.