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Man Murdered, Suspect Arrested

Man Murdered, Suspect Arrested

Posted - Jan. 9, 2004 at 4:04 p.m.



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Sam Penrod ReportingAn on-the-job argument ended in murder today in Lehi. Police say a construction contractor was shot and killed by one of his workers. Eyewitness News has learned the victim had been the subject of numerous labor complaints within Utah's Hispanic community.

Police have identified the victim as 38-year old Joseph Crummy. He worked for Prestige Exteriors, a stucco business based in Salt Lake. And police say he was shot by one of his workers who was upset over money.

Man Murdered, Suspect Arrested

A 911 call took Lehi police to the construction area just before noon. Officers arrived to find a man shot to death inside his pickup, the windshield riddled by bullets.

Sgt. Jeff Swenson, Lehi Police Dept.: “At least five to six rounds were fired, don’t know how many hit the victim.”

At least two people witnessed the shooting and gave detectives the suspect's identity and what he was driving.

Sgt. Swenson: "We had some witnesses who identified him, some people in the area who knew who he was."

Police dispatched an attempt to locate the black car he was driving, which was discovered an hour later at a home in Taylorsville, belonging to relatives of the suspect.

32-year old Jesus Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to be interrogated by detectives in Lehi. Police say the shooting appears to be the result of an argument between the victim and suspect.

Sgt. Swenson: “It was over some money, it was an employment issue over some money."

The shooting happened in the new Traverse Ridge development, near the Alpine-Highland exit on I-15. Other construction workers who were outside say they didn't hear any shots and had no idea anything was wrong until police arrived.

Late this afternoon, detectives found a small caliber handgun in the Jordan River in Sandy. They believe it is the murder weapon.

The suspect is being held in the Utah County jail tonight. Murder charges are expected to be filed early next week.

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