New description of attacker, details released in 2008 cold case

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New details were released Wednesday on the 2008 attack of Brittani Marcell.

On September 11, 2008, Marcell, then 17, left Cibola High School to grab lunch at her northwest Albuquerque home. When she got home, a man brutally attacked her with a shovel. The teen was beaten almost to the point of death. Marcell’s mother walked in on the attack and said that the suspect then threatened her also as she ran away.

Marcell was in a coma for a little over two weeks. When she woke up, she had no recollection of the attack or the attacker. Police had very little information or leads other than fingerprints left at the scene that were entered into a national crime database but didn’t have any matches.

However, nearly seven years later, Marcell has been recovering and is now able to remember details from that terrible day.

“I honestly think she knows and her brain is releasing things as soon as her mind is able to receive it,” said Marcell’s mother, Diane.

She provided a description of the man for a sketch artist. She describes him as medium-skinned man with a square face, large nose, large forehead and big ears.

Marcell believes the man was an acquaintance, and she thinks she may have known him from her job at Cottonwood Mall. The attacker was believed to have been 17 to 20 years old at the time of the attack.

“I’m hoping this person will just turn himself in and maybe he’s developed some conscience of some sort,” Diane said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 843-STOP.

Brittani Marcell
Brittani Marcell

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