Dallas teen Natalie Navarro, 17, is charged with murdering man just hours after an AMBER Alert was issued to find her: Cops hunt second suspect after victim was found shot dead inside a car
- Natalie Navarro, 17, was the subject of an AMBER alert at 1:30am Friday
- Within an hour, she was found, taken into custody and charged with murder
- Another suspect Yordy Martinez, 21, is feared to have fled to Mexico
A 17-year-old Dallas teenager has been charged with murder just hours after she was the subject of an AMBER alert when she briefly went missing.
Natalie Navarro was charged with killing Arturo Pena, 21, on Friday, three days after he was found shot to death inside a car in Garland, Texas. Another suspect, Yordy Martinez, 21, is also being sought by police in connection with the killing.
Martinez was listed as a suspect in Navarro’s disappearance when the AMBER alert was issued on Friday, after police received reports she disappeared under ‘suspicious circumstances’ from an apartment complex in east Dallas at around 1:30am.
Both she and Martinez had warrants for their arrest in connection with Pena’s killing at the time of the AMBER alert, and Martinez is feared to have fled across the US-Mexico border as he remains at large.
Garland Police have not provided further details over the circumstances that led to Navarro’s disappearance and arrest, and say they are still ‘trying to figure out exactly’ how the three individuals knew each other.
Police discovered Pena inside his car at around 10am on August 29 following reports of a being found unconscious, before it was determined he had been fatally shot.
According to Fox4, he had been reported missing to the Dallas Police Department two days before.
Cops zeroed in on Martinez and Navarro during their investigation, and obtained warrants after identifying them as persons of interest in the case.
The investigation took a strange turn when Navarro, who had not been charged at the time, became the focus of the AMBER alert. Police have said the circumstances around her disappearance met the conditions for the warning, but have not elaborated further over the circumstances.
She was located and arrested by police within an hour, who said she was ‘safe and in custody.’
Martinez, who police initially listed as a suspect in the AMBER alert, is believed to have escaped in a dark gray, four-door vehicle, and there are fears he may have fled to Mexico.
The 21-year-old, who police say is missing a front tooth, has a rap sheet that includes a felony indictment for allegedly shooting a gun into a house in Garland last November.
Exact details surrounding the killing and subsequent warrants have not been confirmed by police, who say they are still pouring over evidence in the slaying.
‘There’s a lot of stuff going out, we’ve collected a lot of evidence, so we’re trying to process everything right now,’ said Lt. Richard Maldonado of the Garland Police Department.
When asked about a potential motive, he said investigators are ‘yet to totally determine that.’