The man charged with Capital Murder for the shooting deaths of three teenagers allegedly told detectives he followed the teens after they attacked him and shot them with a shotgun, a criminal complaint obtained by ABC-7 states.
On September 15, 2018, the El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Person (CAP) Unit arrested and charged 22-year-old Juan Frausto Cazares with Capital Murder.
Shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday September 14, 2018, police officers responded to a shooting at 3633 Lincoln “with three victims down and one with stab wounds,” police said at the time.
When the officers approached the wounded man, later identified as Cazares, he told them two teenagers approached him and told him, “we know what you did. It’s time to pay.” Cazares said he did not know the teenagers and did not know what they were talking about.
An investigation revealed 18-year-old Ricardo Del Moro and 17-year-old Emmanuel Del Moro assaulted and stabbed Cazares as 17-year-old Leslie Ibarra stood by, police said, adding “the fight ended when the knife broke during the fight.” The criminal complaint filed against Cazares states the knife broke when the teens stabbed Cazares in the head.
The Del Moros and Ibarra fled through the parking lot of the apartment complex at 3633 Lincoln. “As the victims were leaving, Cazares retrieved a shotgun and fired a round, striking the victims. The victims died at the scene as a result of being shot,” police said.
Cazares told police at the scene he was screaming for help when he was attacked and tried to run away from his attackers. “So, I shot them,” Cazares allegedly told the officers, the affidavit states.
A witness who spoke with detectives said he saw the Del Moros attacking Cazares, but did not hear or see Cazares yelling for help. The witness said he saw Cazares run into his home and believed the fight to be over. The witness then heard a loud banging sound and decided to call police.
Under interrogation, Cazares allegedly told detectives he retrieved a shotgun when he ran back inside his home during the fight, went back outside to follow the teenagers who attacked him and fired a single round, striking the three teens.
Cazares was transported to University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and taken into custody upon his release. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail on a $1-million bond.
“The investigation revealed that the defendant disengaged the assault, only to follow the victims and shot all three of them. The defendant ultimately fired his shotgun at the victims, which caused the death of all three victims,” the complaint affidavit states.