MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities in western Wisconsin say a roofer was arrested Monday in the killing of a fellow worker whose face and neck were torn up by a circular saw.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Maguel A. Navarro, of St. Louis, Missouri, was taken into custody and booked into the county jail on suspicion of intentional homicide.

(credit: Pierce County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the criminal complaint, Navarro is believed to have attacked 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores, who is also from St. Louis. The men were hired to put new shingles on a home, and as they neared the end of the job, Navarro allegedly cut into Valles-Flores’ neck.

Two other men who were working on the project said they jumped off the roof and hid from Navarro until police arrived.

Deputies said they found Valles-Flores with severe cuts to his neck, face and back.  Life-saving efforts were attempted but Valles-Flores died at the scene.

In a recorded jail call made by Navarro, he explains the incident happened because the men were teasing him for not feeling well, and he also thought he was being drugged to “work more” and he wasn’t getting paid.

Navarro is charged with first-degree murder.

Comments (2)
  1. Michael Destefanis says:

    Probably an illegal immigrant if he’s not getting paid.