Suspect Identified in Cherry Auction Murder, Authorities Ask Public for Help
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect who may have been involved in a murder that happened earlier this month, and are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Sheriff’s detectives are looking for 27-year-old Roberto Jose Navarro of Selma in connection to the death of 61-year-old Adan Flores-Rodriguez on Oct. 2.
Authorities say Flores-Rodriguez had gone to the Cherry Auction near Easton to sell a pewter-colored 2002 Chevy Tahoe. Just over an hour later, farmworkers found his body in an agricultural field on American Avenue, just south of Cedar Avenue. Evidence at the scene led detectives to believe he had been murdered.
“Adan was fatally attacked,” Sheriff Margaret Mims said.
The SUV Flores-Rodriguez had gone to the auction to sell was missing for several days. On Oct. 6, it was found in an orchard near the intersection of Academy and Rose avenues.
Detectives have now tied Navarro to the death of Flores-Rodriguez. They believe Navarro tried to pose as someone interested in buying the SUV from the victim at the auction.
Navarro is described as being Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 170 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and a tattoo on his right arm. His last known address was on Rose Avenue in Selma. Navarro should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Navarro is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 488-3122 or CrimeStoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
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