A man accused of fatally stabbing a Ridgmar mall employee in the parking lot last week had previously assaulted him in the food court over suspicions that the man was having a relationship with the suspect’s girlfriend, court documents say.
Jose Guadalupe Carreon, 28, was charged with murder this week in the slaying of Cenan Perez, 35, a former roommate.
Carreon was being held in the Tarrant County Jail on Friday, with bail set at $200,000. He is also under an immigration hold, jail records show.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Carreon, Perez and a third man lived in a Fort Worth apartment, but Carreon grew suspicious that his girlfriend and Perez were having a relationship.
On Oct. 18, Carreon went to the food court, where Perez worked, and punched him in the mouth, the affidavit says. He is also suspected of assaulting his girlfriend at her workplace, though she did not report it to police, homicide Detective Matt Barron said.
Barron said that there are indications Carreon may have previously assaulted his girlfriend and that Perez “was trying to help her get away from the situation.”
Carreon was not arrested in the alleged assault in the food court. Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman, said that a west-side detective investigated but that the case was closed because Perez did not wish to prosecute.
Perez moved out of the apartment, but the issue was far from settled, the affidavit indicates.
The third roommate would later tell detectives that Carreon had told him “if he found out Perez was having a relationship with his girlfriend, something bad would happen to Perez.”
The roommate told police that Carreon sent text messages to Perez, threatening to shoot him, the affidavit says.
A woman told police that she was entering the mall on the evening of Nov. 6 when she saw a Hispanic man in a jacket with a McDonald’s “M” on the left side walking in the parking lot toward Perez’s red Ford Mustang.
The woman told police that the man wore a mask pulled down to just below his nose. Worried, she quickly entered the mall, the affidavit says. Perez, bleeding heavily, entered the mall shortly afterward and collapsed, the affidavit says.
Surveillance video of the parking lot showed the masked man approaching the Mustang.
“Perez was attempting to back out of the parking lot when … Carreon opened the driver’s door of the vehicle,” Barron wrote in the affidavit. “Perez jumped out of the vehicle and began running. He was chased by the suspect … who appeared to be stabbing Perez.”
Police have said Carreon fled on foot.
Perez was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Fearing Carreon would flee town, police released his name and photograph to the media the next morning, asking the public to help find him. Carreon was arrested that day at a Fort Worth restaurant.
The roommate told detectives that on the day of the slaying, he saw Carreon wearing a jacket with a McDonald’s “M.” The roommate said that when he returned home, Carreon’s belongings were gone, as if he had moved out.