Murder Suspect Arrested after Being on the Run for 16 Years

Arnaldo Navarrette
Arnaldo Navarrette

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - After more than a decade on the run, authorities found 37-year-old Arnaldo Ramirez Navarrette hiding in the attic at a home in South Odessa.

Navarette is charged in the 1993 slaying of a Roosevelt County man in New Mexico.

U.S. Marshals from all over West Texas, Odessa Police, and Sheriff's Deputies from Ector and Roosevelt County in New Mexico spent the last two days working on the arrest.

U.S. Marshals tell NewsWest 9, Navarrette is wanted for the murder of Reynaldo Orenles.

Authorities also picked up a woman, 38-year-old Aurora Prieto Navarrette for hindering the arrest.

It is still not clear if she is his wife.

The pair were taken in to custody in the 300 block of Calcutta on Thursday afternoon without incident.

Authorities believe Navarette was living in Ector County under an alias.

They say more charges may follow the arrest.

Stay with NewsWest Nine as we track all the details.