One suspect arrested in case of murdered restaurant worker

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Olive Branch Police arrested one suspect and are searching for two more in the case of a murdered Mi Pueblo restaurant worker.

Police arrested Benito Hernandez of Olive Branch.  Hernandez is charged with murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.  His bond is set at $1,250,000.

Investigators are still looking for Pedro Cruz Pina of Olive Branch and Jesus "Adila" Rivera.  Pina used to work at Mi Pueblo.  Rivera is from El Salvador and has been in the US for four months.  He worked at the Guadalajara Grill in Hernando.

Police said Pina and Rivera may be trying to leave the country.

Erica Williams, a hostess at Guadalajara Grill, said Rivera worked the day of the murder.

"He was a really nice guy," Williams said, "came to work every day, cleaned tables, bused tables.  He'd joke around and have fun."

Williams said she was shocked that Rivera is wanted for armed robbery and murder.

"He asked off for the rest of the day and didn't come back," Williams said.  "I've never seen him get made.  If a plate broke, he cleaned it up.  You know, he did his job."

The assistant manager of Mi Pueblo, 39-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez, died days after police said he was shot in the head by one of the suspects at the restaurant during a robbery around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Gonzalez and another employee were closing for the night when two men confronted them.

Mary Matlock lives in the same apartment complex where Pina and Hernandez lived until Friday.

"They were friendly, real nice," Matlock said.  "Acted like normal people."

Police asked if you saw a white pickup truck in the parking lot of Mi Pueblo in Olive Branch Tuesday night to contact them.

Gonzalez lived in Memphis with his wife and children.

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