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