Lafayette double homicide suspect charged with murder and identity deception

The Lafayette man suspected of shooting and killing two people in August has been formally charged

Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 6:54 pm EDT
TIPPECANOE, COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Lafayette man suspected of shooting and killing two people in August has been formally charged.

On the evening of Aug. 10 police responded to the 800 block of Eastwich Drive, near Munger Park after a report of multiple shots fired.

Court documents say that two people, 67-year-old Catalina Campuzano-Lujano and 38-year-old Gustavo Sanchez-Campuzano, were found down, each having suffered gunshot wounds.

The two were pronounced dead after being transported to local area hospitals.

Neighbors in the area spoke with police and described a man had approached the victims in a vehicle. The man then exited the vehicle, exchanged words with the two and shot them, immediately fleeing in the car.

After gathering further information from the family of the deceased and witnesses in the neighborhood, police determined the identity of the man to be Franco Navarrete, 48, of Lafayette.

The wife of Navarrete told police that a week before the shooting she had informed him of her intent to file for divorce, which had angered Franco.

She also showed them a cellphone photo of a gun and ammunition that had been sent to her by her husband. She indicated that Navarrete had called her after what would have been the time of the shooting and told her he was going far away.

After a search of the residence, police located a box, as well as ammunition, for a gun matching the one in the photo.

Navarrete was apprehended on the morning of Aug. 11 after he contacted police while at an interstate rest stop in White County.

Location data from Navarrete's phone confirmed his location during the time of the fatal shootings.

Police also discovered that Navarrete had been employed at Wabash National using fraudulent identification and a false name.

The person who sold him the firearm was also contacted and was able to provide a serial number which matched the weapon shown in the cellphone photo of the gun.

Information obtained from Immigrant and Customs Enforcement showed that Navarrete was not a legal resident of the U.S.

Navarrete has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien, identity deception, synthetic identity deception and two counts of murder.

Michelle Certain is a neighbor. She's relieved to know formal charges have been filed against Navarrete.

"This is the chance to get him. Get Catalina and Gustavo, which we call Goose, the justification that they needed," said Certain.

Certain said after she heard loud pops, she rushed outside to try and save the two.

"I couldn't find a pulse on Gustavo, so I ran to Catalina and she was struggling. I started performing CPR on her. I know I got really frustrated. I know I got what they probably consider to be hysterical."

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