HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — A suspect from a deadly Fourth of July home invasion in Fultondale is now behind bars.
Shikeem Kinniebrew, 21, was arrested on I-59 north/31st Street July 9 by Homewood police office and charged with capital murder. According to the HPD, police spotted Kinniebrew on July 5 in Homewood with a window tint violation in a silver Dodge Charger.
Police report Kinniebrew’s arrest was not initially released because they didn’t know who he was on first encounter.
At 6 a.m. July 4, a home invasion took place at a trailer home in Fultondale where three armed men reportedly came in and demanded money. Alejandro Hernandez-Garcia, 55, was shot during the invasion and died from his injuries.
Homewood police also arrested a female passenger who had a gun and an outstanding warrant for first-degree marijuana possession in Jefferson County.
Kinniebrew is being held at the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
Fultondale Police Chief David Smith says during their investigation, they discovered Kinniebrew and the other suspects were targeting Hispanic families throughout Jefferson County.
“These are hard working folks by all accounts,” Chief Operating Officer of HICA Carlos Aleman said.
Groups like the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama and law enforcement are on edge for the Hispanic community.
“We are not going to tolerate this senseless violence that’s being brought to our city streets,” Chief Smith said.
“Who no longer has a father. A women who does not have her husband,” Aleman said.
Aleman says people in the Hispanic community tend to hold cash rather than put it in the bank, which can make them a target for theft and other crimes .
“We need to make sure that folks are protecting themselves, closing their doors, putting money when they can in banks,” Aleman said.
“Little or no money, they’ll kill ya and take your life. So, we take it very seriously trying to get these dangerous felons off the street,” Chief Smith said.
Chief Smith says thanks to the aid of Homewood Police, they were able to arrest Kinniebrew. He says in some cases, people in the Hispanic community are afraid to reach out to authorities for fear of deportation. He says to ensure a violent crime like the home invasion doesn’t happen again in Fultondale, he encourages every to never be afraid and always reach out.
“We’re trying to prevent these tragic events and we can only do it with the community’s cooperation,” Chief Smith said.
“Law enforcement is working to make sure that people are brought to justice,” Aleman said.
Chief Smith hopes last weeks arrest can give the family a little closure.
“I know I can’t bring their father back, their husband. But I can promise that we will pursue every lead and we’re going to seek justice for them,” Chief Smith said.
Police are still looking for two suspects. Call CrimeStoppers at 205-254-7777 or the Fultondale Police Department at 205-849-5456.