TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10 ABC) — A fourth suspect was arrested in connection to a homicide in Troy.
Cresencio Salazar, 26, was arrested in New York City in connection to the beating and stabbing death of 23-year-old Javier Gomez in his East Glen Avenue apartment on October 17. He was charged with Murder in the Second Degree and pleaded not guilty in Troy City Court on Tuesday.
Salazar is the fourth person arrested in connection with the case. Luis Monge Guevara, 20, of Clifton Park, Magdaleno Perez-Calixto, 28, of Latham, and Salomon Najera-Hernandez, 21, of Mexico, were previously arrested in Wythe County, Virgina. They are accused of hitting Gomez in the head multiple times using a hammer and stabbing him in the torso.
“They have an extradition proceeding that’s currently scheduled for November 17,” Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove said.
Gomez’s cousin and roommate, 24-year-old Christian Gonzalez Hernandez, was also found dead. His body was dumped near a creek in Brunswick. Police said his murder is related to Gomez’s death.
Hernandez’s cause of death has not been released.
“When I hear about my cousins’ murder, I was in shock,” Gomez’s and Hernandez’s cousin Misael told NEWS10 ABC by phone.
Misael said he’s praying for justice.
“Why they do that to him?” he wondered. “I mean to both of them? I hope on November 17, things are going to be more clear for you and for my family, you know. I think there’s going to be a lot of answers that day when they going back to court.”
Misael said Gomez was a good Christian man who was not caught up in anything bad. As for Hernandez, Misael believes he was killed before Gomez, and Gomez was killed simply because of his association with Hernandez.
“We just have to leave it on God’s hand and on the judge that day,” Misael said.
Misael said the family had a wake for them on Sunday in the Bronx, and their bodies are being flown to Mexico where they were born for burial.
Police have not said what they think motivated the homicides or if the four suspects will also be charged in Hernandez’s death.