Man arrested for murdering and decapitating his grandmother, her missing head later found elsewhere

Man arrested for murdering and decapitating his grandmother, her missing head later found elsewhere

(As originally published with additional photos, Mon, November 6th 2023, 4:29 PM EST)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (TND) — Police in California arrested a man for the murder of his grandmother and found her head, which had been removed from her decapitated body and taken from the scene.

The violence took place Thursday but neither the arrest and nor discovery of the victim’s head happened until Saturday.

Police in Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, made the first gruesome discovery at a home while investigating a possible homicide. They found Elvia Lopez-Arroyo, 64, but they could not locate her head.

Investigators conducted interviews and suspected the victim’s 23-year-old grandson, Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez, killed and dismembered her, took her head, and left the scene.

”It is believed Aroyo-Lopez took the victim’s head with him when he left the residence and he may still be in possession of it,” they said.

The U.S. Marshals Service helped with a manhunt for Aroyo-Lopez, spreading word to law enforcement agencies in the region.

”Aroyo-Lopez has a large tattoo of ‘420’ and a marijuana leaf on the left side of his head,” police announced.

Man arrested for murdering and decapitating his grandmother, her missing head later found elsewhere
Photos of Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez from wanted posters, before his arrest for the murder and decapitation of his grandmother, Nov. 4, 2023. (Santa Rosa Police Dept.)

Finally, on Saturday, a San Francisco police officer on patrol found him at a transit center and took him into custody without incident.

His grandmother’s head was also found Saturday, on the south bank of the Santa Rosa Creek.

Aroyo-Lopez was charged with murder and violation of his post-release community supervision.

He’d recently been released from prison, serving time for assault with a deadly weapon and weapons possession charges, unrelated to last week.

As for the murder weapon, authorities said they found multiple weapons at the scene, but have not yet determined which one or ones was used.

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