Suspected DUI Driver Back in Custody on Unrelated Burglary Charge After Long Beach Crash That Killed Family of 3
Police say the man accused of driving while intoxicated and fatally running over a Long Beach couple and their 3-year-old son on Halloween night has been charged in an unrelated burglary case.
Carlo Navarro was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with a break-in at a north Long Beach vape shop on June 30, Long Beach City Prosecutor Douglas Haubert told KTLA.
The 20-year-old’s arrest came hours after prosecutors filed for a warrant charging him with burglary, vandalism and possession of burglary tools, Haubert said.
Though the charges are all misdemeanors, city prosecutors were able to set Navarro’s bail at $500,000 due to the judge’s discretion in considering the separate DUI case he’s accused in.
“We believe that published reports about Navarro possibly being charged with murder could motivate him to flee,” Haubert said in an email.
It was not immediately clear Wednesday if the Long Beach resident had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Navarro was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with the fatal crash, but was later released after posting $100,000 bail, booking records show.
Parents Raihan and Joseph Awaida, respectively 32 and 30 years old, and their 3-year-old son died from their injuries, each a day apart.
Haubert said his office has been in contact with Los Angeles County prosecutors, who are weighing charges in the family’s deaths.
In the burglary case, Navarro is accused of breaking a glass window to get into the vape shop. A police officer caught him and found a mask, bolt cutters and more than $600 worth of stolen merchandise upon searching his backpack, Haubert said.
Navarro was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in the vape shop incident. If convicted as charged, he could face up to two and a half years in county jail.
This week, thousands gathered to pray for the Awaida family, including at the Islamic Society of Orange County on Monday and at Cal State Long Beach, from which Raihan had received her master’s degree this year, on Tuesday.
Raihan’s brother, Mohammed Dakhil, described her as his “ride-or-die” and said her husband was the most compassionate and easy-going person. Dakhil also described his 3-year-old nephew, Omar, as “such a sweet little boy” who always gave a hug to everyone he met.
“It feels like I’m in a never-ending nightmare,” he said.
A GoFundMe page set up cover funeral costs had raised almost $227,000 by Wednesday morning.