Police: Murder of Springdale woman does not appear to be a hate crime

Northwest Arkansas News

Police have released few details of their investigation thus far but say that the victim and attacker knew each other

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (WKBN) – Pennsylvania State Police say there’s no evidence that the murder of a transgender woman in New Wilmington was a hate crime.

Police have released few details of their investigation thus far but say that the victim and attacker knew each other.

The victim was identified as 24-year-old Chyna Cardena, known by friends and family members as Chyna Carrillo. She was originally from Springdale, Arkansas and had recently moved to Pennsylvania.

The suspect, identified as Juan Carter Hernandez, 33, of Campbell, was shot and killed by police.

They said the suspect was attacking Carrillo with a blunt object and that they ordered him to stop. He didn’t, so an officer shot him, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Investigators have not released a motive for the attack yet.

Pennsylvania State Police say their investigation continues and that they’ve had the support of the Heritage Affairs Section, which assists the department with hate-crime investigations.

Hernandez has killed a woman before, investigators confirmed.

Hernandez was sentenced to eight to 10 years in prison for the killing of Kandace Hernandez in North Carolina in 2011.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video

FOX24 Video

TOP STORIES

More News

Local News Video

DON'T MISS

More Don't Miss

Trending Stories

Follow KNWA & FOX24 on Facebook

get the app

News App

Weather App

Follow @KNWAFOX24 on Twitter

Mega Millions & Powerball Numbers