Recently released surveillance video shows Jesus Esquivel, in dark shorts and ballcap, walk up to AAA contract worker Magdiel Hernandez, fire several times at him, then stand over his body before retreating.
Esquivel, who was well-known by the auto agency for calling in complaints, was quickly apprehended. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation, then charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.
The July 11 incident in front of Esquivel’s home at 9955 SW 87th Ct., stunned neighbors and Hernandez’s family members, who recalled their lost relative as happy-go-lucky and almost always willing to help out someone in need.
The 38-year-old was engaged to be married and lived in Pinecrest.
Police and AAA workers said Esquivel called AAA that Tuesday afternoon to replace or charge a battery on his Cadillac Escalade. But when told another battery for his vehicle wasn’t available, they said Esquivel, 63, exploded on the phone.
When the AAA worker talking to Esquivel refused to make a service call, Hernandez said he’d go. Esquivel’s arrest affidavit said he became irate when Hernandez arrived because of the length of time it took him to get there.
In the 1 minute and 12-second video taken from across the street of Esquivel’s home, Esquivel is seen wearing dark shorts and a ballcap and some type of belt and walking up to Hernandez, who was standing on the driver’s side of his white pickup.
Esquivel argues with Hernandez for about 30 seconds before retrieving a gun and pumping what appears to be at least five bullets into Hernandez while standing directly in front of him. After Hernandez falls to the ground, Esquivel stands over him briefly, then retreats.
Hernandez died at the scene. Esquivel was quickly taken into custody.