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Cops in California Nab Recently Released Convict Now Suspected of Decapitating Relative and Fleeing with Her Head

Man Recently Released From Prison Allegedly Decapitates Grandma: Cops
Source: Santa Rosa Police; GoFundMe

Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez has been accused of decapitating his grandmother and then fleeing the scene with her head.

Nov. 7 2023, Published 10:06 a.m. ET

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A California man has been arrested after he allegedly decapitated his female relative and then fled the scene with her head, authorities said.

Around 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 2, officers responded to a home in Santa Rosa regarding a possible homicide, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.

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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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