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Suspect in 6-Year-Old Attempted Murder Case Arrested in North Carolina


The alleged perpetrator of a six-year-old domestic battery and attempted murder may finally come to justice.

Major Todd Noblitt with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department explains that in May of 2007, Prospero Hernandez, who also goes by the alias Tomas Gonzales, allegedly went to a woman’s home at the Hillview Trailer Park. Once there Hernandez is alleged to have beaten the woman and stabbed her in the arm and chest. During the assault, the victim was able to break away briefly and attempted to call for help, but was allegedly stopped by Hernandez, who continued the assault.

Noblitt says that officers arrived on the scene, at which time they heard a female scream. A perimeter was established around the area and K-9 units deployed, but the search for Hernandez came up empty.

A warrant was issued for Hernandez’s arrest on charges of attempted murder, criminal confinement, battery with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanors. His bond was set at $1 million, but he was never located.

On May 18, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department investigators received a call from authorities in Johnston County, North Carolina. They had arrested Hernandez on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.

Hernandez remained in North Carolina to deal with the charges there until recently. He has since been extradited to Columbus and is booked in the Bartholomew County Jail.  

There has been no word on his first court appearance and the possibility of any additional charges.


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