California police find head of decapitated grandmother allegedly murdered by grandson with ‘420’ tattoo on head

(News21USA): The victim of a gruesome beheading in Santa Rosa, California, has been identified as a 64-year-old grandmother whose severed head was found near a creek two days after her own grandson allegedly decapitated her and fled with her head, authorities said on Monday.

Santa Rosa resident Elvia Lopez-Arroyo was found dead inside her home in the 500 block of Pomo Trail last week when officers responded to a report of a possible homicide, Santa Rosa police said.

The decapitated victim’s head was not found at the scene, although police said multiple weapons were discovered inside the home. Police said more weapons testing was needed to determine the murder weapon and did not specify what type of weapons were found.

Investigators determined that Luis Gustavo Aroyo López, the victim’s 23-year-old grandson, killed her Thursday in a “targeted attack” before leaving the scene with her head, according to police.

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Luis Gustavo Aroyo López

Aroyo-Lopez has a tattoo of “420” and a marijuana leaf on the left side of his head. (Santa Rosa Police Department)

On Saturday night, detectives recovered the 64-year-old man’s head on the south bank of Santa Rosa Creek near the Prince Memorial Greenway in Santa Rosa.

The 23-year-old was arrested early Saturday in San Francisco after local police spotted the wanted man at the Transbay Transit Center on Mission Street.

Luis Gustavo Aroyo López

Aroyo-López was recently released from state prison. He was jailed on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and weapons possession. (Santa Rosa Police Department)

Aroyo-Lopez, who has a large “420” tattoo and a marijuana leaf on the left side of his head, was booked into a Sonoma County jail on charges of murder and violation of community supervision following his release for a previous crime.

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Aroyo-López was not granted bail and remains in custody.

The 23-year-old has a violent criminal history, including prison terms for assault with a deadly weapon and weapons charges. The charges were not related to the victim of the homicide incident.

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He was recently released from state prison and placed on post-release community supervision, police said.

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