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Published On: Fri, Nov 2nd, 2018

Omar Guerro arrested after 100-mile police chase in connection to Edgar Najera murder

A murder suspect out of Moab was captured in Arizona near the Navajo Nation following a 100-mile chase with authorities. Now three suspects, Irving Martin Veruzco Armenta, Jaime Flores Solis and Jorge Hernandez are in police custody in connection with the homicide Edgar Najera on October 28.

Martin Armento Verduzco-Lopez, who also goes by Omar Guerro, was arrested Wednesday by officers with the Navajo Nation Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and officers from Tuba City and Kayenta, Arizona.

He was charged Tuesday in 7th District Court with murder, a first-degree felony. Verduzco-Lopez is accused of shooting Edgar Luna Najera, 30, twice in a mobile home, 250 Walnut Lane, on Sunday.

Edgar Luna Najera, 30, known by many in the Moab community as “Rojo,” died on Oct. 28 after a fight turned deadly at his residence at 250 W. Walnut Lane, according to authorities.

Irving Martin Veruzco Armenta, Jaime Flores Solis and Jorge Hernandez

Police had been seeking tips and information on Armenta’s whereabouts since Oct. 28. In addition to Armenta’s arrest.

Officers spotted the suspects’ car parked along the side of a road and another car chase ensued, involving officers from multiple agencies and covering more than 100 miles before the vehicle Verduzco-Lopez was in overheated and broke down.

The three men got out of the vehicle and ran.

Two were tracked down and arrested after running into the desert, and a third in a residential area, according to Moab police.

Late Thursday afternoon, Flores-Solis and Hernandez were each charged in Grand County’s 7th District Court with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. Hernandez received an additional charge of drug possession, a class A misdemeanor.

“A partially full box of .40 Smith & Wesson ammunition was recovered from the black SUV. The brand and caliber of ammunition in the partial box recovered from the SUV is consistent with some of the ammunition components found at the homicide scene,” the charges state.

The charges also state that Flores-Solis was previously deported following his arrest for investigation of a separate crime in June.

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