Once officers arrived on scene, they found a deceased female who had been decapitated. The victim’s head was not located at the residence, police said.
Investigators determined 24-year-old Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez killed the female relative and left the scene with her head. While police declined to disclose the relationship between the victim and suspect, neighbors told The Press Democrat that the victim was Aroyo-Lopez’s grandmother.
After a search, Arroyo-Lopez was arrested on Nov. 4, in San Francisco after an officer spotted him at the Transbay Transit Center, police said.
Santa Rosa Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Patricia Seffens told The Press Democrat that the victim’s head was not in Aroyo-Lopez’s possession at the time of his arrest and they are actively still searching for it.
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Officials said Aroyo-Lopez was released from state prison on Nov. 1. He served time behind bars for assault with a deadly weapon and weapons possession charges for cases unrelated to this victim.
Seffens said, “He was supposed to check in with the probation department by end of day Nov. 2 and he did not,” The Press Democrat reported.
Arroyo-Lopez was to be transported from San Francisco to be booked into the Sonoma County Jail, authorities said.
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