Man sentenced for 2017 fatal South St. Paul stabbing

A 21-year-old Roseville man was sentenced to roughly 26 years in prison on Feb. 27 for his role in the killing of a man in South St. Paul during a robbery.

Daniel Anthony Cruz-Hernandez was convicted Dec. 28 for the 2017 stabbing that killed 19-year-old Jordan David Paredes of Oakdale.

He was convicted of aiding and abetting second-degree intentional murder, aiding and abetting second-degree felony murder, and aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated robbery. The altercation in which Paredes was killed was on Aug. 2, 2017.


Fatal robbery

Around 3:15 a.m. on Aug. 2, 2017, South St. Paul police were dispatched to an apartment building in the 400 block of Camber Avenue on the report of a domestic assault. According to court records, when they arrived, officers discovered and provided aid to an unconscious man who had what appeared to be a stab wound. The man was later identified as Paredes, who was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

Court records say police identified three juveniles who reportedly witnessed the assault. One of the juveniles told police they saw three people attacking two men; one of the two men ran away while the other stayed in the fight. 

The man who stayed was punched and then stabbed before walking away and eventually falling down. The attackers took items from the two men before driving away.

Police identified the man who ran from the fight, who told police Paredes and he left another apartment complex when they saw men in the street. One of these men punched him and he said he heard Paredes, who had a red backpack filled with about 100 grams of marijuana, yelling

According to court documents, police determined that Hernandez and the other two men were present at a nearby gas station in the time before Paredes’ death, despite their statements to the contrary. Video surveillance recovered from the gas station showed the group arrived around 2:30 a.m. in a red Toyota Celica, which was later discovered to be registered to a family member of Hernandez’s.

A search of the vehicle showed its carpets appeared very clean and possibly vacuumed. Bloodstains were visible on the center console, which was submitted for DNA testing that determined the blood was a match for Paredes. 

Police interviewed Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2017, and he said he and the other men were hanging out when Paredes and the other man approached them asking for a ride. Moments later, two women pulled up. The two men asked one of the women for a ride, and when she said no the groups began to argue. Hernandez told police he and one of the other men in his group tried to break up the fight, after Paredes punched one of the women in the car.

According to court documents, police spoke with a concerned witness on March 28, 2018. The witness said Hernandez drove his red car to where the witness was staying and said he had been part of a fight in South St. Paul.

Hernandez allegedly told the witness that Paredes was hitting on one of the women that showed up, and that his group confronted him. During the confrontation, Paredes hit a woman and ran, at which time the group of three men ran after him and started hitting him. The witness said Hernandez admitted to stabbing Paredes and described where he threw the knife afterwards.

Upon the witness showing Hernandez an article he had seen online about the incident, Hernandez’s face allegedly changed and he said, “That was me.”


—Hannah Burlingame

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