Man abducted and shot in head, suspects sought

Herman Nanez

New details are being released into the Saturday afternoon shooting in Castro County.

Police say 40-year-old Martin Hernandez, Jr. suffered a single gunshot wound to his head in the 1900 block of County Road 520, southeast of Dimmitt around noon Saturday. He was taken to the local hospital for treatment and was airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Hernandez was able to give information to Sheriff's Deputies before being airlifted. As a result, suspects were identified in the incident.

According to police, Hernandez told them he had been abducted at gunpoint by four people from the 300 block of Raymond Street in Hereford.

He told police he was driven away from his residence and was taken to a rurual residence in Castro County where he was shot.

Rickie April Garcia, 32, of Hereford, is being identified by police as the person who shot Hernandez. He was arrested Saturday in Hereford on unrelated charges. It was during interviews with investigators that Garcia admitted her involvement in Hernandez's kidnapping and shooting. Warrants were issued by the Carto County District Attorney's Office for Aggravated Kidnapping, Burglary of a Habitation and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Garcia remains in the Deaf Smith County Jail where she is awaiting transport to Castro County.

Other suspects were also identified. Herman Nanez, Jr. 33, of Hereford was arrested in Castro County on warrants for Burglary of a Habitation and Aggravated Kidnapping. Nanez is also in the Deaf Smith County Jail waiting for transport.

Eduardo Navaratte, 20, and Jkevin Nanez, 21, both of Hereford are also wanted and being sought by authorities in connection with the shooting and kidnapping. Warrants have been issued for their arrests..

"The burglary of a habitation warrants on the four individuals stem from them entering a residence which was inhabited without the effective consent of the owner and committing another felony," said Castro County Sheriff Sal Rivera.

Additionally, investigators learned Garcia and the two Nanez brothers were involved in the burglary of a residence where Hernandez had been shot, just two days prior to the shooting. The three are charged with Burglary of Habitation.

Hernandez was last listed in stable condition.

"Hernandez was left to die at the residence by those involved and he is lucky to be alive today," said Sheriff Rivera. "Those individuals meant to leave him in that residence for dead and drove off without calling for help or any assistance for Hernandez after he had been shot."

Anyone with information on the whereabout of Navaratte or Kevin Nanez is asked to notify local police immediately.