Roy teen charged with attempted murder

Jovani Hernandez. Photo: Roy City Police

ROY, Utah, July 4, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A Roy teenager who went missing with his juvenile girlfriend after a June 7 incident now characterized as attempted murder has been booked into the Weber County Jail.

Jovani Hernandez, 18, was found with his 17-year-old girlfriend, who was safe and uninjured, officials say.

In all, Hernandez has been charged with:

  • Attempted murder, a first-degree felony
  • Possession, purchase, transfer or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony
  • Felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony

The incident happened at about 11:49 p.m. on June 7 in the area of 4000 South and 2275 West, a statement released in June by the Roy City Police Department said.

“Investigators learned that 18-year-old Jovani Hernandez was in possession of a firearm, and is believed to have fired at least two shots at another male during an argument,” the  statement said.

“The victim was not struck by any rounds. Hernandez and his girlfriend … who was with him, then fled the area.”

An affidavit filed in the case alleges that Hernandez was arguing with a man who made disparaging remarks about the suspect’s girlfriend. It says that Hernandez fired at least two bullets, which became lodged in a door behind the area where the man had been standing.

Witnesses reported seeing Hernandez and his girlfriend running from the scene and getting into a dark SUV before leaving.

Hernandez was booked into jail on Thursday, court documents show. He is being held without bail.


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