Two charged with murder after man found dead at MPD impound

Mardracus Terrel West and Earl Brown/ Shelby County Jail System

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two suspects have been charged with first-degree murder after an attempted robbery over a month ago and the subsequent discovery of a deceased man at the local impound.

Police said Mardracus “Pig” West and Earl “Lil D, Rico” Brown shot and killed Bardominao Perez Hernandez during an attempted robbery in the 3000 block of Yale in mid December.

Hernandez, the driver and a front seat passenger were all in the car at the time. The driver was also shot and spent weeks in the hospital while the passenger suffered no injuries.

The police report made no mention of anyone else being in the vehicle when the incident happened.

After the attempted robbery, the van was towed to the city impound lot. On Monday, February 5, the driver went to claim the vehicle and that’s when Hernandez was discovered in the back dead.  His death was ruled a homicide due to a gunshot wound.

West and Brown were eventually located inside a home in the 300 block of Princeton. During an interview, West reportedly confirmed Brown was with him during the robbery along with another unknown person. He went on to say he shot five to six times at the victim after trying to rob him.

Brown also confessed to his role in the incident, but added he didn’t know the third person either. He was reportedly on the passenger side of the van during the robbery and didn’t see who shot the van’s driver.

Both were also charged with attempted first-degree murder and two counts of criminal attempt to wit especially aggravated robbery. In addition, West was charged with employing a firearm during a dangerous felony.

Officers said that third suspect is still at large.

They also have not been able to locate the front seat passenger as of Friday morning.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.