Three men arrested, charged after five-month investigation into Fullerton gang murder

Three men were arrested and charged after a five-month investigation into a special circumstances gang murder in Fullerton. On March 11, 2019, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office charged Carlos Castaneda, 35, Buena Park, and Tommy Antonio Navarette, 19, Anaheim, with one felony count each of murder and street terrorism.

They also face with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity, special circumstances murder committed for a criminal street gang purpose, and gang member vicarious discharge of a firearm. Navarette is charged with additional sentencing enhancements for personal discharge of a firearm causing death and crime-bail-crime. Salvador Duran Castaneda, 72, Buena Park, was charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact.

Carlos Castaneda and Navarette are scheduled to be arraigned on March 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. They are being held without bail. Salvador Castaneda is scheduled to be arraigned on April 5, 2019, in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. He was released from custody on $20,000 bond.

Fullerton Police Department detectives and numerous law enforcement investigative teams worked tirelessly the last five months to solve this investigation after the murder of John Doe on Oct. 7, 2018. The defendants were arrested on March 7, 2019. No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Fullerton Police Detective B. Phu at 714-738-6759. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS or can visit their website at

This article was released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.