Transient-Mechanic Charged In Garage Owner's Fatal Shooting: Cops

Ashley Ludwig

COSTA MESA, CA —A 31-year-old transient was charged with the murder of his former employer, officials say.

Police say a customer of Gary's Automotive, on the 1900 block of Harbor Boulevard, reported finding the deceased victim on Monday afternoon.

The body of 60-year-old Garbis Yaghlagian of Huntington Beach was "slumped over in his office," Roxi Fyad, a spokeswoman for the Costa Mesa Police, said.

Detectives responded to the scene and discovered the garage owner had died of a gunshot wound.

Francisco Javier Castaneda, most recently of Santa Ana, was a former employee of Yaghlagian, according to Fyad. He was seen leaving the shop on Monday, following a "loud bang," according to Fyad.

Police located Castaneda nearby at Victoria Street and Harbor Boulevard. He was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to jail records. His occupation is listed as a mechanic.

This article originally appeared on the Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar Patch