Francisco Javier Navarro booking photo
SALINAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the San Ysidro port of entry detained 37-year-old Francisco Javier Navarro after he tried to sneak into the United States using false documents. A background check then revealed a warrant for his arrest in connection to a murder in 2012.
In early 2013, Salinas police secured an arrest warrant for Navarro for the 2012 Christmas Eve murder of his brother-in-law, 30-year-old Salvador Garcia. When police went to serve the warrant, Navarro was nowhere to be found. He had fled to Mexico just after the incident.
Apparently, an argument had broken out between the two men and had gotten so heated that Navarro drew a gun and fatally shooting Garcia.
A fingerprint analysis was used to confirm Navarro’s identity and he was held by Border Patrol on his warrant while Salinas police were notified of his arrest.
Navarro is set to be transported to Monterey County to face charges.