Final suspect in Denny’s murder faces judge

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After spending years on the run, the final suspect in the murder of a cook at a northwest Albuquerque Denny’s is in court Thursday to face his charges.

Francisco Melgar-Cabrera was extradited from El Salvador to the U.S. on Wednesday to face multiple charges including federal robbery and felony murder. He’s in court Thursday to make his initial appearance in front of a judge and enter a plea.

Police say in June 2009, Melgar-Cabrera and two other men tried to hold up the Denny’s on Coors and Iliff.

One man, Marvin Aguilar-Lopez, slipped and his gun accidentally fired, killing 34-year-old cook Stephanie Anderson.

Aguilar-Lopez and another man were caught soon after and sentenced to 40 and 35 years in prison, respectively.

At the time of the robbery and murder, Melgar-Cabrera had been here illegally from El Salvador.

That’s were law enforcement caught up with him last year.

The three men were also charged for the 2009 robbery of a lone star steakhouse and saloon on Coors Northwest.

Melgar-Cabrera faces life in prison if he’s convicted.

The feds took over the case because the deadly robbery happened inside a Denny’s which does business across the country.

Anderson’s family sued Denny’s after her death, claiming employees weren’t trained in first aid and the company didn’t have working security cameras.

Denny’s settled with the family last fall, but details are being kept quiet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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