ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a man who died after arriving at a southeast Albuquerque convenience store Friday morning with injuries.
Officers say a transgender woman, Tyrone Benito, who goes by Beverly or Bev, has been charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence. The victim was identified Saturday as 53-year-old Jack Kyselka.
Officers with the Albuquerque Police Department arrived at the 7-Eleven at San Mateo and Kathryn around 4:30 a.m. Friday in response to a male who was outside of the store bleeding from his abdomen.
Officers say an autopsy informed them Kyselka had one stab wound to the left side of his chest, puncturing his heart, causing him to bleed out slowly in addition to cuts to his face, left hand, and feet. In a criminal complaint, APD says Benito was informed by her significant other that Kyselka had Benito’s bag and ID.
Police say that’s when Benito grabbed a kitchen knife and left the couple’s apartment before finding Kyselka on a set of stairs at an abandoned laundromat by the bus stop and 7-Eleven. Authorities say in an interview with Benito, she stated she confronted Kyselka who allegedly used derogatory slurs when approached and that Kyselka “threw Bev down.”
She told police she had a blade on her and stated, “I slashed him.” Late Saturday, Benito was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Benito’s prior arrests include aggravated assault and battery.