ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Jorge Rivera-Ramirez is accused of robbing and killing Sihui Fang, the owner of Wonderful Massage.
According to court documents, Rivera-Ramirez and a partner, Juan Carlos Hernandez, drove into the massage business in January to rob it. When Fang pulled out a gun and returned fire, shots were fired and Fang was killed.
Rivera-Ramirez was also shot.
“When the victim tried to flee through the front door, they dragged her back into this business by her hair,” prosecutor Shonetta Estrada said.
KOB 4 heard about the case two months ago as part of legal proceedings for Hernandez. According to court documents, Rivera-Ramirez admitted to police that the two had robbed other massage businesses in the past.
Prior to that fatal shooting, APD had actually pulled over Rivera-Ramirez when he was caught driving without a license plate. Court records show he was eventually released from the MDC and a few days later claimed to have stolen Wonderful Massage.
Rivera-Ramirez is now out of hospital and had a hearing on Friday. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, including murder and armed robbery.
Prosecutors are looking to the next step in the process – keeping him in jail before his trial. His remand hearing is scheduled for Monday.