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Police arrest man wanted in Riverside slaying

LOS BANOS -- It started out as a routine traffic stop but escalated from there.

Ultimately, Samuel David Navarro, 29, of Homeland, was arrested by California Highway Patrol Officer Glyndon Wright on a Riverside County warrant for murder.

CHP officers said Navarro presented Wright with a false name. He was arrested on charges of driving while unlicensed and failure to provide identification. During booking at the Los Banos Jail, it was learned Navarro was wanted in Riverside County for the stabbing death of two persons.

No information was available about the murders Sunday night from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office did not return a call seeking comment.

The vehicle stop occurred Friday at 5:32 p.m. on eastbound lanes of Highway 152 just west of Volta Road. Navarro did not resist arrest, officers said.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at 209-385-2485 or dyawger@mercedsun-star.com">.

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