SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - If you've ever been mistaken for someone else, you can begin to understand what a Sandy man is going through tonight. He has the same name as a man who recently been accused of murder. As you can imagine it's causing problems.
40 year old Ruben Nava is accused of killing a man in Roy. Not to be confused with 46 year old Ruben Nava, a Sandy handyman.
"I'm slowly catching on, this guy Ruben Nava killed somebody and they're mistaking that it's me, but I'm not the one," said Ruben Nava, A to Z HandyMan Service.
Almost two weeks ago the "Accused Murderer Ruben Nava" allegedly shot a man near 46th South and 29th West in Roy. The victim was rushed to the hospital but later died. News outlets, including ABC 4 Utah, reported the crime. Since then, when "Handyman Ruben Nava" shows up in his truck that advertises his business and his name, people think he's the killer.
"I actually went up to one of my customers and they said 'We're going to have to let you go because we don't hire murderers.' And I was like 'What's going on there?' Ya know what I mean? I didn't murder anybody," said Nava.
People actually tell handyman Nava he and the killer look alike.
"I got people asking me for autographs because they see me on the news but it's the wrong person, you got the wrong person," Nava said.
Nava claims the mistaken identity has gotten so bad he's now losing jobs. He had to remove his advertising and stop working. If he doesn't, he's afraid someone may get hurt.
"I don't want nobody mistaking me and taking a shot at me while my wife's with me or my grandkids. It's dangerous for me because of this guy whatever he did," he said.
Nava isn't sure how long he can stop working. He says he needs to feed his family. He's waiting to see what happens to the accused killer. Until
then, he wants people to know - it's not him.
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