According to authorities, 17-year-old Natalie Navarro has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Arturo Pena. The Garland Police Department (GPD) revealed that Navarro was initially the subject of an AMBER Alert issued by the Dallas Police Department when she was reported missing from an apartment complex in Far East Dallas. However, she was found safe in Webb County just an hour later.
Lt. Richard Maldonado of the GPD stated that Navarro is now in police custody, although she has not yet been formally charged. Despite her age, she is being considered an adult for charging purposes. On the other hand, Yordy Martinez, who was initially tied to Navarro's possible abduction, remains at large and is wanted for murder. Authorities have highlighted that Martinez is armed and dangerous.
The victim, Arturo Pena, was found dead from a gunshot wound in a vehicle in Audubon Park on Tuesday morning, just two days after he was reported missing. Lt. Richard Maldonado explained that the authorities are still trying to determine the motive behind the crime and the exact connection between Pena, Navarro, and Martinez.
Police believe that Martinez may be traveling in a gray, four-door vehicle and he is also missing a front tooth. It has been revealed that Martinez has a criminal history, including a felony indictment for allegedly shooting a gun in a house last year. Pena's family reportedly fears that Martinez may have fled to Mexico.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page started by Pena's wife, Veronica Lopez, has raised over $2,600 of its $25,000 goal in memory of the victim. The community is rallying behind the family during this difficult time.
As the investigation progresses, authorities are urging anyone with information about Yordy Martinez's whereabouts to come forward. The search for Martinez continues, and law enforcement officers are working diligently to bring him to justice.
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