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October 2, 2014

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Teen accused of killing mother, brother apprehended at food court

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Navarro-Canales, Adrian mug shot. Navarro-Canales is accused of stabbing his mother and little brother to death.

The 16-year-old accused of killing his mom and brother was found at a Las Vegas Strip food court, Henderson Police announced this afternoon.

Henderson detectives located Adrian Navarro-Canales about 10:30 a.m. today sitting by himself in an open-air food court near Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, police said. He was taken into custody without incident.

Police had received a tipTuesday night indicating that Navarro-Canales was near the food court.

Navarro-Canales has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his mother, Elvira Canales-Gomez, and his 9-year-old brother, Cesar Navarro.

Police found their bodies Friday afternoon while conducting a welfare check on the family, who lived in the Summit at Sundridge apartments, 11000 S. Eastern Ave. By Sunday, detectives had identified Navarro-Canales as the suspect in the double-slaying.

Canales-Gomez, 40, and her young son had been stabbed to death with a butcher’s knife, according to an arrest report.

Detectives believe Navarro-Canales left the apartment Sept. 18 and walked to the Strip, police said. Authorities have found no evidence indicating he returned to the apartment during the elapsed week.

Navarro-Canales has been charged as an adult, but he was booked into the juvenile holding area of the Clark County Detention Center, police said.

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