YCSO arrests two on murder charges

YCSO arrests two on murder charges


YUMA, Ariz. – Deputies have arrested two Salvadorian men in connection to the murder of a day laborer.

Francisco Hernandez, 24, and Jose Sorto, 19, are suspected of being responsible for the death of 27-year-old Emmanuel Alvarenga-Navarette, according to Captain Eben Bratcher with the Yuma County Sheriff Office (YCSO).

Navarette’s body was found with multiple gun shot wounds near Avenue 9 1/4 and Highway 95 on January 20th, 2016.

Bratcher said Hernandez and Sorto were both booked into the Yuma County Detention Center on charges of first-degree murder.

Officials with the Yuma Justice Court said Hernandez was arrested Sunday. He is actually facing counts for two separate cases.

For the murder case he is facing one count of first degree murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He is being held without bond. He will be back in court February 17.

Hernandez’s second case is tied to identity theft. He is facing two counts of forgery and three counts of taking the identity of another person.

Sorto was arrested Tuesday. He is being held on one count of first degree meditated murder and one count of first conspiracy to commit murder. Sorto is also being held without bond. He will be back in court Thursday.

YCSO officials say they encourage anyone with information on this homicide to contact investigator Guerra at (928) 783-4427, or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by visiting their website www.yumacountysheriff.org

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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