Complaint: Double homicide suspect arrested in El Paso | KOB 4

Complaint: Double homicide suspect arrested in El Paso

Christina Rodriguez
June 24, 2019 10:33 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jesus Cartagena Jr., 20, has turned himself in to an El Paso police station in connection to the murder of Shanta Hanish, 19, and her mom, Laura Hanish, 58.


According to the criminal complaint, Cartagena said he had "done something bad in Albuquerque."

The El Paso Police Department contacted the Albuquerque Police Department immediately.

Police said they believe Cartagena – Shanta's ex-boyfriend – stabbed her and her mother to death. She had broken up with Cartagena about two weeks before she was killed. 

Cartagena and Shanta had lived together for about a year before the break-up. She had just moved back in with her mom. 

The mother and daughter had been found dead Friday morning at their home in southeast Albuquerque. 

According the complaint, her friends and family told police that Cartagena wouldn't leave Shanta alone.

He had been following her to work and calling her dozens of times. They also said he had been in and out of the hospital after making suicidal threats. 

Cartagena is now facing charges for two open counts of murder. Albuquerque police are traveling to El Paso to meet with detectives. 

This is a developing story. Stay with KOB Eyewitness News 4 and for updates. 


Christina Rodriguez

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