North Carolina man sought for murder and assault charges apprehended in Georgia

Published 6:54 am Friday, December 17, 2021

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A North Carolina man being sought on murder and assault charges in connection with a shooting has been arrested in Georgia, a sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said last week that its detectives were searching for Clemente Hernandez-Mojica, a suspect accused of shooting two people in Zebulon on the morning of Dec. 10, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said Hernandez-Mojica was taken into custody in Gainesville, Georgia, nearly 400 miles southwest of Zebulon, by the Gainesville Police Department on Saturday. Gainesville is 55 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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Antonio Franco, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Antonia Cisneros, 33, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, according to the sheriff’s office, which also said Cisneros was Hernandez-Mojica’s former girlfriend and the mother of their children.

Hernandez-Mojica is currently awaiting extradition to North Carolina. Capt. Jeff Caldwell with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that warrants have been drawn charging Hernandez-Mojica with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill.