San Antonio Police have charged Ernesto Esquival-Garcia, left, with murder, arson and assault in connection with the death of Jared Vargas, right.
(Bexar County Jail, San Antonio Police Department)
Firefighters respond to a blaze in San Antonio, Texas, an apartment to find the burned remains of a 20-year-old man who had been missing for three days, authorities said Monday.
A medical examiner’s office identified the body as that of Jared Vargas, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
An investigation led authorities to charge Ernesto Esquivel-Garcia, 20, a colleague of Vargas’, in connection with the death.
The suspect, who was reportedly a former employee of the dead man, living in the U.S. illegally and is being investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, San Antonio’s Fox 29 reported.
UPDATE: Father of missing 20-year-old Jared Vargas is afraid of a “severely burned body found in a vacant apartment could belong to his son. His vehicle was found earlier in the same apartment complex. https://t.co/5fhH5V4507 pic.twitter.com/GbUX5ohI7j
— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) June 19, 2018
“The whole situation is a nightmare,” Gene Vargas, the father of the dead man, told the Express News.
“He would never have been here,” added Kim Chepey, Vargas’ aunt. “He would never have allowed to get an apartment out of a job. And he is no longer allowed to live the life of someone.”
Vargas was probably killed before they fired, but the police has no information about how they think that he is killed, the Express-News reported.
Esquivel-Garcia’s neighbors told the authorities that she had seen him moving furniture out of the apartment, a unit above. When neighbors questioned Esquivel-Garcia, he reportedly told them that the management said there was a problem with his apartment and he had to move to the top.
But no interaction took place, the management office told the newspaper.
On Monday, as the fire brigade worked to extinguish the flames of the apartment, Esquivel-Garcia was reportedly seen in conversation with the neighbors about how the fire started.
The police interviewed several witnesses and collected enough evidence for an arrest and charges, Esquivel-Garcia with murder in connection with Vargas’ death, FOX 29 reported.
The suspect was booked into the jail on an “immigration detainer,” which means that he can be in the country illegally. But the ICE is not confirmed all the details in his case.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.