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LBPD Arrested Los Cerritos DUI Suspect Navarro On NON-DUI Charges A Little Over Four Months Ago; Here's What Happened Then And Is Happening Now; He's Back In Jail, on City Prosecutor Motion In Comm'l Burglary Case Court Increased His Bail To $500k


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(Nov. 6, 2019, 9:35 a.m.) -- Carlo Navarro, the 20-year old man arrested by LBPD on suspicion of DUI after the SUV he was driving struck (and ultimately killed) the Awaida family (father Joseph, mother Raihan and three-year old son Omar) as they walked on Oct. 31 in a Los Cerritos neighborhood, was arrested by LBPD a little over four months earlier on non-DUI commercial burglary charges described below.

LBREPORT.com has also learned that commercial burglary defendant Navarro is now back in jail, the result of a Nov. 5 motion by the LB City Prosecutor's office in which the Court increased his bail from $100,000 (posted by Mr. Navarro for his release on Nov. 1 on the DUI arrest) to $500,000 now in connection with the separate June 2019 commercial burglary charges. The DA's office declined to file the commercial burglary charges as a felony and the City Prosecutor has pursued the case as a misdemeanor. (At this point, the DA's office hasn't filed criminal charges related to the Oct 31 triple-fatality vehicle collision. LBREPORT.com has learned that LBPD's accident investigators are still working on information to present to the DA for possible filing consideration.)

LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer DePrez tells LBREPORT.com:

On June 30, 2019 at approximately 3:50 a.m., officers responded to a burglary call in the 4500 block of California Ave. Upon arrival, officers observed a burglary in progress at a business located in the 900 block of E. 45th St. Officers located an adult male suspect outside the business The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Carlo Navarro of Long Beach, was taken into custody and booked for commercial burglary, vandalism and possession of burglary tools and was held in the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail. The reported loss was miscellaneous store merchandise...Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles Count District Attorney’s Office in July [which] was deferred to the [LB] City Prosecutor's Office, which filed charges for misdemeanor burglary, vandalism and possession of burglary tools against Navarro.

On October 31, 2019, LBPD arrested Mr. Navarro on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter after the vehicle he was driving struck the Awaida family while they were wallking in a Los Cerritos neighborhood. Mr. Awaida succumbed to his injuries at a hospital at some point on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. LASD records show LBPD arrested Mr. Navarro at 11:44 p.m. on Oct. 31, booked him at 4:15 a.m. on November 1, and LASD released him from custody at 9:42 p.m. on November 1 after he posted $100,000 bail. On November 2 and 3 respectively, the Awaida's three year old son Omar and mother Raihan succumbed to their injuries.

On November 5, the following took place described in a statement provided to LBREPORT.com by City Prosecutor Haubert's office:

Working with the Long Beach Police Department, we went to court Tuesday morning (Nov. 5) to request a $500,000 warrant for our misdemeanor case. Later the same day Navarro was located and arrested by LBPD. Our case charges Navarro with 3 misdemeanor counts: burglary, vandalism, and possession of burglary tools. Navarro faces a maximum of two and a half years in county jail if convicted on all counts.

We have also been in close contact with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, as we typically do on significant cases. We are coordinating and communicating with them to make sure nothing is missed. If Navarro does not bail out on his misdemeanor case he is expected to be arraigned on the burglary case on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

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City Prosecutor Haubert adds to LBREPORT.com:

My office is prosecuting Navarro for burglary and vandalism, arising from an incident on June 30, 2019. On that date he was caught by LBPD after he [allegedly] apparently broke a glass window at a vape shop in North Long Beach [and was allegedly] found with a mask, bolt cutters, and over $600 worth of stolen merchandise in a backpack.

That case has nothing to do with the driving incident on October 31, 2019. However, the timing was such that my office had the opportunity to seek a high bail amount because we made the bail request subsequent to the October 31st incident. A judge has discretion and can consider factors beyond the charges in our case when deciding the bail amount.

We believe that published reports about Navarro possibly being charged with murder could motivate him to flee. We feel that $500,000 bail, although that is a high amount for a misdemeanor case, is justified and completely appropriate due to the atypical facts in this situation.

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Additional text added for clarity at 11:05 a.m. Nov. 6

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