Family relieved after arrest of man who allegedly attacked Albuquerque teen

Brittani Marcell
Brittani Marcell

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The family of an Albuquerque teen who was attacked with a shovel in 2008 says they’re relieved following the arrest of her alleged attacker.

It has been nine years since then 17-year-old Brittani Marcell was brutally attacked with a shovel in her own home that nearly killed her.

Marcell was in a coma for nearly two weeks and had no memory of the attack.

For years, police say they had little to go off of since fingerprints left at the scene never turned up a match.

It wasn’t until two years ago that Marcell started to remember what her attacker looked like.

Two years later, police now say they have arrested 33-year-old Justin Hansen for Marcell’s attempted murder.

News of the arrest also comes as a huge relief to those living in the neighborhood were this happened.

“It was just a terrible tragedy. It has been all these years just thinking, will anything come of this? We are really, really happy when we saw it this morning,” neighbor Joe Martinez said.

Many neighbors say they haven’t felt safe since. Those who are close to the Marcell family also have a message for the suspect.

“You know, I hope you figure out whatever wrong happened to you. I hope you figure out your own problems. You will not see the light of day and you don’t deserve it,” family friend David Burchell said.

The Marcell family moved from the neighborhood after the attack and now live in another state.

Brittani’s mother did release the following statement to KRQE News 13:

“The family is relieved, ecstatic and blessed that detectives were able to make an arrest.”

She went on to say that Brittani was told about the capture and was also relieved.

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