**Release from the Lubbock Police Department**
(LUBBOCK, TX) –The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit made two arrests today in the 1997 murder of Steven Earl Johnson.
Shortly after 12:45 a.m. Sept. 9, 1997, officers responded to a call for service referencing shots fired with a subject down in the 2700 block of E. Colgate Street. Upon arrival, officers found Johnson laying in front of his residence.
The investigation found that Johnson was in front of his residence when a vehicle approached. The driver called out to Johnson and asked him to approach the car. Johnson began to run from the vehicle after identifying one of the two occupants had a firearm. While fleeing, Johnson was shot.
Thanks to individuals who came forward with sworn statements that provided pertinent information to the investigation, investigators were able to determine 47-year-old Pedro Erevia and 44-year-old Fabian Madrid were responsible for the murder of Johnson.
According to the warrant, an inmate came to police and advised they had information in regards to a cold case file. The police realized the information was about unsolved homicide of Steven Earl Johnson.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a significant delay in being able to interview the inmate. Eventually the inmate was transferred to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division to be interviewed by police.
During the interview the inmate told police the dispute started because somebody broke into the home of Fabian Madrid and stole a safe. It was unclear why the men believed Johnson was the one to break into the house, but the inmate claimed Joe had shot him.
The warrant states Fabian and Joe (AKA Peanut Butter) drove to the location of Steven Earl Johnson. Johnson walked up to the car and Fabian and Joe acted like they wanted to buy drugs. When Johnson saw the gun he turned around and attempted to run away. While Johnson went to run away, Joe began shooting at Johnson.
According to the warrant, the inmate did not know Johnson had died until the following day. The inmate stated he knew Pedro Erevia and Fabian Madrid were involved in the shooting of Johnson because they spoke about it shortly following the event.
Erevia and Madrid were each arrested for murder this afternoon and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center. Both are being held on $150,000 bonds.
The Texas Anti-Gang Center and Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in this case.