Texas teen who was subject of Amber Alert is arrested on a murder charge
09/06/2023 6:19 am PDT
GARLAND, Texas (TCD) -- A 17-year-old who was initially reported missing and at the center of an Amber Alert is now accused of killing a 21-year-old who was found dead in a car.
According to Garland Police, on Aug. 29 at approximately 10 a.m., officers were called to West Oates Road about a male "possibly passed out in a vehicle." When officers arrived, they found the male, who they identified as Arturo Pena, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Pena was reported missing to the Dallas Police Department on Aug. 27.
On Sept. 1, Garland Police detectives identified Natalie Navarro, 17, and 21-year-old Yordy Martinez as suspects in Pena’s death, and Dallas Police issued an Amber Alert for Navarro that day. Navarro was located and taken into custody, but Martinez is still on the run. They are both being charged with murder.
NBC DFW reports Navarro was last seen on the afternoon of Aug. 31, and police reportedly had reason to suspect she was in danger and Martinez was her captor.
Garland Police Lt. Richard Moldonado told NBC DFW investigators are still determining a motive.
He added, "We hope to get more when we talk to Natalie to see exactly what was going on, if these persons knew each other, if they had a relationship, if there was a falling out."