A Santa Rosa man has been apprehended after being accused of the decapitation and homicide of a woman at her residence. The Santa Rosa Police Department confirmed that 24-year-old Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez was taken into custody on Saturday morning in San Francisco.
The incident was first reported on Thursday at around 3:40 p.m. when Santa Rosa police were summoned to a residence on the 2500 block of Pomo Trail. Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman decapitated within the home. The victim’s head was missing from the scene.
Luis Aroyo-Lopez, who has been identified as a relative of the deceased, is believed by investigators to have committed the homicide before fleeing. Although it is suspected that Aroyo-Lopez absconded with the victim’s head, police have not provided confirmation on whether it was recovered at the time of his arrest.
In the days following the homicide, authorities updated the public through social media, indicating that Aroyo-Lopez was a suspect after preliminary inquiries by the Violent Crimes Investigations team. It was reported by KRON4 that San Francisco Police officers located a person matching the suspect’s description at the Transbay Terminal on Saturday at 7:53 a.m.
Additional information released indicated that Aroyo-Lopez was on Postrelease Community Supervision, having previously been incarcerated for assault with a deadly weapon and weapons possession, although these charges were not related to the current victim.
A reward of $2,500 was offered by the Sonoma County Alliance Community Engagement and Safety Rewards Fund for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the case.
According to jail records, Aroyo-Lopez was booked into the Main Adult Detention Facility on Saturday night, facing a felony charge related to his supervision conditions and a murder charge. He is currently being held without the possibility of bail.