crime and punishment

Vidor, Texas’s Dalton Paul Hinch arrested, accused of killing US Army veteran Guadalupe Naranjo

Dalton Paul Hinch (©Jasper County Jail)

Dalton Paul Hinch (©Jasper County Jail)

Dalton Paul Hinch, 22, of Vidor, Orange County, Texas, United States was arrested without incident in Vidor on February 4, 2021. He was accused of killing U.S. Army veteran Guadalupe Naranjo.

Members of the SWAT Team of the Orange County’s Sherriff Office executed the arrest warrant. They were assisted by the Orange County Constable Precinct 4 Office, the Orange County Narcotics Unit, the Vidor Police Department the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers.

On the evening of January 29, 2021, Naranjo was found dead at his home in the Shady Acres Subdivision in Jasper, Texas. He was 80 years old.

Hinch was accused of stabbing Naranjo multiple times and shooting him in the head. The authorities believe that the victim was shot with his own gun, which was missing, according to KFDM.

The suspect was booked into the Jasper County Jail. On February 5, 2021, a judge will arraign him on the murder charge.

Whether or not Hinch and Naranjo knew each other is still unclear. The motive for the killing has yet to be established.

Aside from Vidor, Hinch has lived in different parts of Texas including Bridge City and Burkevile. He went to Burkeville Junior-Senior High School and started working at SEI on November 20, 2018.

Naranjo was an Army drill sergeant. He had served as an assistant warden at the Filyaw Correctional Facility in Newton, Texas, which has been renamed as the Newton County Correctional Center, and had worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Authorities believe that Naranjo fought before he died. His son Walle Naranjo told KJAS, “If it was a heart attack or something like that I could accept it but not this.”

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