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Santa Rosa beheading suspect arrested in San Francisco after 2-day manhunt

A "Wanted for Homocide" poster has two inset mugshots of Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez. In the far left image, he looks directly at the camera and sports a full head of hair. In the next image, he is pictured in profile, facing left, with his head shaved, exposing a "420" tattoo. The text describes him as "Hispanic male adult, 5-foot-5-inches, 147 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. Last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket, black pants, white shoes."
Santa Rosa police said 24-year-old Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez allegedly beheaded a relative at a residence before he walked away with the head. | Source: Santa Rosa Police Department

A man suspected of decapitating a relative and then fleeing with her head was arrested Saturday morning in San Francisco after a two-day manhunt that began 50 miles away.

San Francisco police officers reported finding 24-year-old Luis Gustavo Aroyo-Lopez at 7:53 a.m. near the San Francisco Transbay Terminal in Downtown.

The search began Thursday in the North Bay, where officers say they responded to a report of a homicide around 3:40 p.m. on the 2500 block of Pomo Trail near Shawnee and Iroquois streets in Santa Rosa.

When they showed up at the home, they found a beheaded woman, officials said, but her head was nowhere at the scene.

Investigators identified the suspect as Aroyo-Lopez, who was on supervised release from prison for previous weapons and assault charges, and said they believed he took the victim’s head when he left the relative’s home.

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It was unclear if Aroyo-Lopez had the head on him when he was arrested in San Francisco the next day.

The Santa Rosa Police Department has been contacted for comment.