SANTA ANA POLICE WITH THE HELP OF MEDIA AND COMMUNITY APPREHEND SHOOTER IN MURDER THAT OCCURRED – 02-13-2011
On 2/13/2011 at 2200 hours, officers were dispatched to 1714 E. McFadden for a shooting that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers found 35 year old Esteban Navarrete lying on the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his head. Santa Ana Paramedics transported him to Western Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and later died from his injuries.
Several witnesses from the restaurant were interviewed and told the detectives there was a verbal argument between two groups of men inside of the Mariscos La Ola Restaurant over which state in Mexico was better. Some of the males from that argument exited the restaurant and had a fist fight in the parking lot. Victim Navarrete was in the restaurant with his wife and some friends, but was not involved in the verbal argument or the fist fight. Navarrete and his friends decided to leave before anything further happened. As they entered their car, two suspects approached and produced a handgun. The suspects fired several shots at the victims, striking Navarrete in the upper body. The suspects then ran to a waiting vehicle and fled the area.
On 2/17/11, Santa Ana Police Homicide Detectives received a call from a person who wanted to remain anonymous. The person said they recognized one of the subjects in the video broadcast as Ivan Sanchez from Santa Ana. Detectives positively identified Sanchez and began looking for him. During the search, detectives developed information that Sanchez was possibly leaving for Mexico to avoid being arrested. Utilizing various police resources, a subject resembling Sanchez was observed getting into a vehicle. With the assistance of the police helicopter Eagle and ground surveillance units, Sanchez was positively identified in the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped as it entered the southbound 5 freeway, and Sanchez was taken into custody.
Sanchez was interviewed and booked into the Orange County Jail for one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder. SANCHEZ WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE PERSON WHO FIRED THE SHOT THAT KILLED VICTIM NAVARRETE.
Homicide Detectives are still attempting to identify and interview the other three subjects from the surveillance video.