An indictment for capital murder has been filed against a 17-year-old Texas girl who was the focus of an Amber Alert in September about the death of a man she reportedly met online on August 27.
Natalie Navarro was indicted this week by a Dallas County grand jury on charges that she “did unlawfully then and there intentionally cause the death of” 21-year-old Arturo Pena by shooting him.
The indictment further claims that when she shot Pena, she was “in the course of committing and attempting to” rob him of his property.
According to the Garland Police Department, investigators think that Navarro and Pena met online. The 17-year-old suspect allegedly planned to rob Pena along with a male accomplice, 21-year-old Yordy Martinez.
Navarro informed law enforcement. Richard Maldonado, a spokesman for the Garland Police Department, told Fox News Digital that “she had spoken to Yordy once before online but had never met him in person the night of the actual murder.” Yet, authorities have “reason to believe” that she might not be telling the whole truth.
In an apparent attempt to set up the victim, the 17-year-old suspect allegedly had a face-to-face meeting with Pena two weeks before the shooting, according to FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth.
After receiving a report about a passed-out individual inside a car on August 29, Garland Police Department officers were called to 342 West Oates Road. The individual, who was subsequently identified as Pena, had been shot dead, they discovered when they arrived.
A GoFundMe titled “Arturo Peña’s ‘Home to Heaven’ Memorial Service” states he was “viciously taken from his family and loved ones” in August.
Pena was reported missing on August 27, according to a news statement from Garland Police at the time.
Detectives in Garland determined that Martinez and Navarro were people of interest in Pena’s alleged murder on September 1.
At the time, Texas officials issued an Amber Alert for Navarro. Later, according to FOX 4, law officers found her close to the Mexican border and took her into custody.
Martinez is still being looked for by the authorities. Anybody with information about the incident is asked to call the Garland Police Department at 972-485-4840.