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24-Year-Old Man Arrested Two Days After Allegedly Decapitating Female Relative and Fleeing with Victim’s Head

A 24-year-old man was located and arrested two days after he allegedly decapitated a female relative and fled with the victim’s head.

On Thursday, Nov. 2, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Santa Rosa Police Department officers were called to the 2500 block of Pomo Trail about a homicide and found the body of a headless female inside the home. Santa Rosa Police said in a news release the “victim’s head was not located at the residence.”

The Santa Rosa Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit took over the investigation. After interviews, they alleged Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez killed the victim and “took the victim’s head with him when he left the residence and he may still be in possession of it.”

Police said Aroyo-Lopez had recently been released from a California state prison for assault with a deadly weapon and other weapons-related charges and was on post-release supervision.

At the time, Santa Rosa Police said it was unclear where he might travel to and how he would get there. Officials warned he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Aroyo-Lopez was apprehended in San Francisco. According to KRON-TV, San Francisco Police Department officers noticed him Saturday, Nov. 4, and arrested him.

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