GALVESTON — Police are investigating the death of a bakery owner who was found in a parking lot early Saturday morning. Investigators are looking into the likely possibility that the man was beat before his car was stolen.
Galveston police officer Ernesto Ticas was on patrol in the 3800 block of Broadway when he found Juan Navarro, 59, in the parking lot of the Panaderia Navarro Bakery. Navarro had severe injuries and was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch’s John Sealy Hospital where he died at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Police did not say if anything else was stolen.
Police found Navarro’s gray Lexus on Sunday afternoon near the intersection of 37th Street and Avenue M.
Police do not have anyone in custody but were following up on leads Sunday night, Capt. Jeff Heyse said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
If confirmed a homicide, Navarro’s death will be the county’s third murder of the year.
On Jan. 20, Erik Enrique Calvillo, 26, of San Leon died after he was beat and stabbed and his head wrapped in plastic in a Bacliff trailer home. Samantha Escobedo-Resendiz, 26, and her boyfriend German Perez-Vazquez, 31, were charged in his death.
On Thursday, Danzel Campbell, 21, of La Marque was killed in Texas City. Corey Percy Becton, 19, of Texas City has been charged in Campbell’s murder.