The Garland Police Department has reported significant developments in the murder investigation of 21-year-old Arturo Pena, who was found dead from a gunshot wound in a vehicle on August 29. Pena had been reported missing two days prior to the grim discovery on the 300 block of West Oates Road in Audubon Park.
Following the incident, 17-year-old Natalie Navarro was initially the focus of an AMBER Alert, with concerns for her safety escalating. However, she was later apprehended and is currently held at Dallas County Jail on murder charges connected to Pena’s death. Another suspect, 21-year-old Yordy “Jordy” Martinez, remains fugitive and is considered armed and dangerous.
Navarro was located by law enforcement in Webb County, South Texas, where she was taken into custody. The AMBER alert was consequently discontinued. As police deepen their probe into the incident, they aim to ascertain the connection between Navarro, Martinez, and the victim.
The victim’s girlfriend, Veronica Lopez, expressed anguish and hope for justice, describing Pena as a kind and trusting individual.
Garland Police are urging the public to come forward with any information on Martinez’s whereabouts or details on the murder case, with Garland Crime Stoppers offering a reward of up to $5000 for information leading to an arrest. The Garland Police encourage potential tipsters to contact them at 972-485-4840. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477 (TIPS) or garlandcrimestoppers.org.