Police Provide Update on Arrest and Recovery of Decapitated Victim’s Head

Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez

Santa Rosa police have provided further details on the chilling case involving a recently released state prison inmate accused of decapitating his grandmother in her home. The suspect, Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez, 23, was arrested in San Francisco on Saturday morning and is now facing charges of murder and violating his Postrelease Community Supervision (PRCS).

The gruesome incident unfolded on Thursday afternoon when authorities responded to a possible homicide call on Pomo Trail in Santa Rosa. Inside the residence, officers discovered the lifeless body of 64-year-old Elvia Lopez-Arroyo, who had been decapitated. However, her head was missing from the scene.

Aroyo-Lopez, identified as the victim’s grandson and a blood relative, was quickly identified as the suspect. He had been released from state prison recently, where he served time for assault with a deadly weapon and weapons possession.

Multiple weapons were recovered from the crime scene, but authorities are awaiting further examination to confirm the murder weapon(s).

The suspect was taken into custody without incident in San Francisco on Saturday morning, thanks to the alertness of a patrol officer who recognized him from wanted person bulletins near the Transbay Transit Center on Mission Street. Aroyo-Lopez was detained in San Francisco until Santa Rosa police detectives transported him to the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility. He is being held without bail.

Following Aroyo-Lopez’s arrest, the search for the victim’s decapitated head continued. It was eventually located around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, on the south bank of the Santa Rosa Creek near the Prince Memorial Greenway. The severed head has been sent to the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office for further examination as the investigation into this horrifying case unfolds.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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