Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Northern California Man Arrested in Connection with Decapitation of Grandmother in Santa Rosa Residence

Northern California Man Arrested in Connection with Decapitation of Grandmother in Santa Rosa Residence 

Police have apprehended and charged a 23-year-old man in Northern California in connection with the decapitation murder of his 64-year-old grandmother. Luis Aroyo-Lopez was identified as the prime suspect in what authorities described as a "targeted attack" in Santa Rosa. The gruesome incident unfolded when officers responded to a possible homicide report at the victim's residence, discovering her headless body.

Following the discovery, investigators determined that Aroyo-Lopez had likely fled the scene on foot with his grandmother's head in his possession. A two-day manhunt ensued, involving U.S. Marshals to locate the suspect. The search concluded when a San Francisco Police Department officer recognized Aroyo-Lopez from wanted person bulletins at a downtown transit station, leading to his arrest.

Upon taking Aroyo-Lopez into custody, Santa Rosa Police transferred him to the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility. Authorities also reported seizing multiple weapons at the Santa Rosa residence, which will undergo examination to determine if any were used in the homicide.

The victim's head was discovered near Santa Rosa Creek on Saturday evening and was subsequently brought to the Sonoma County Coroner's Office for identification. Aroyo-Lopez had recently been released from a California prison where he served time for unrelated charges of assault with a deadly weapon and weapons possession. In addition to the murder charge, he faces allegations of violating the terms of his post-release control and has been denied bail. Aroyo-Lopez is currently in custody awaiting court resolution of his case.

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