Washington DC’s Luis Carranza-Andrade wore New Balance sneakers when he shot Javier Chaj-Ajtun in New Jersey?


Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States has died. He was allegedly fatally shot by Luis Alfredo Carranza-Andrade, 20, of Northwest, Washington, D.C., USA.

Chaj-Ajtun worked in construction. Carranza-Andrade is an alleged gang member.

Shortly after 7:00 p.m. on the evening of August 13, 2021, Carranza-Andrade was on North Anderson Street in Trenton where he approached the van Chaj-Ajtun was in. After a brief conversation, the former allegedly shot the latter in the face.

That night, Carranza-Andrade was wearing a hat, a gray shirt and a pair of New Balance sneakers, Mercer County homicide detectives allege. He was wearing the same pair of sneakers when a U.S. Marshals task force arrested him without incident in residence in a neighborhood on Lake McConaughy outside Lewellen, Nebraska, USA on September 1, 2021, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

After the arrest, Carranza-Andrade was transferred back to New Jersey. On October 7, 2021, he will appear in Superior Court of Mercer County for a detention hearing.

Luis Carranza-Andrade
Luis Carranza-Andrade

It was not the first time Carranza-Andrade was arrested. On September 2, 2019, he and Brenda Hernandez, then 19, of no fixed address, allegedly tried to commit armed robbery on South Dakota Avenue in Northeast.

On September 6, 2019, Carranza-Andrade and Hernandez were arrested by Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (DC Police) officers. The two were charged with assault with the intent to commit robbery while armed.

On July 16, 2021, Trenton Police Department officer Domingo Perez encountered Carranza-Andrade, who falsely gave his name as Justin Andrade and his age as 23. The Northeast man was also wearing New Balance sneakers that day, according to the officer.

On August 20, 2021, Trenton Police Department detective Luis Vega filed murder and related weapons charges against Carranza-Andrade. The latter was working construction in Nebraska when he was arrested more than a week later.


New Balance is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is one of the major sports footwear and apparel manufacturers in the world.

Aside from the Made in USA sneakers, New Balance also manufactures Made by Women sneakers, which are created by women who work at the company’s design and manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts. Recently, the company released its new PMV Shutter Speed running jacket. 

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