Angry about an affair his wife was having, a man drove to a Greenwood restaurant and shot the man she was involved with as he arrived for work, police said.
About 24 hours after the shooting outside Four Seasons Restaurant on State Road 135, police arrested Candelario Cruz-Trujillo, 37, of Indianapolis, on a charge of murder. U.S. marshals found him at a home in Seymour at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Investigators quickly focused in on Cruz-Trujillo in the death of Miguel Angel Hernandez, 34, of Indianapolis.
When they spoke with Hernandez’s wife and asked who might want to hurt her husband, she told them about the affair that had been going on between Hernandez and Cruz-Trujillo’s wife and the tension and threats between the two men, Greenwood Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth said.
The two knew each other, and Cruz-Trujillo knew that Hernandez worked at the restaurant just south of County Line Road, Fillenwarth said.
Hernandez was shot as he got out of his car when he arrived for work just after 6 a.m., police said.
People inside the restaurant called police when they heard gunshots and found Hernandez dead in the parking lot with shell casings next to him on the ground.
Police began searching for Cruz-Trujillo and asked the U.S. Marshal Service for help. Marshals found him at a home in Seymour, but police are not sure what his connection was to that home, Fillenwarth said.
Cruz-Trujillo has been forthcoming with investigators and told them he shot Hernandez because of the affair, Fillenwarth said.
He could face up to 65 years in prison if convicted of murder, deputy prosecutor Drew Foster said. The prosecutor’s office currently is not considering other charges, he said.
Police also have the gun they suspect was used in the shooting but don’t know where Cruz-Trujillo got it, Fillenwarth said.
Now, investigators will need to continue following up on the case, including lab work and other testing and looking for surveillance footage that might have captured the shooting, Fillenwarth said. Police did get some video, but it was dark. They hope to get more from nearby businesses, he said.
The slaying was the second in Greenwood this year. Police arrested a man after a shooting during a drug deal at a Greenwood apartment complex this summer.
Both involved people who knew each other, Fillenwarth said.
“Greenwood is a safe community,” he said. “Residents don’t need to worry.”
Cruz-Trujillo, 1445 Lick Creek Parkway South, was being held in the Johnson County jail without bond.