The remains of Erlinda Villareal and her sons, ages 9 and 12, were found in the desert in California’s Apple Valley, Friday
Her boyfriend who is accused of ‘murdering his girlfriend and her two young sons and dumping their bodies in California desert’ wass arrested 800 miles away in Colorado
Louis Lucero, 35, is suspected of killing Villareal, 42, and her two sons in California Wednesday
The bodies were found in Apple Valley desert by an off-roader on Wednesday evening
Deputies arrested Lucero in Eagle County, Colorado, on unrelated charge
He will be scheduled for an extradition hearing prior to possible return to San Bernardino, California to face charges for triple-murder
Louis Lucero, [left], is suspected of murdering his girlfriend Erlinda Villareal, [right], and her two young sons in California, and dumping their bodies in the desert before fleeing out of state. He was arrested 800 miles away in Eagle County, Colorado on Friday
Deputies in Colorado arrested an ‘armed and dangerous’ man Thursday after he allegedly murdered his girlfriend and her two young sons the day before and left their bodies in the desert in Southern California.
Louis Gabriel Lucero, 35, [left] allegedly killed his live in girlfriend Erlinda Villareal, 42, along with her sons Jay Mendoza, 9, and 12-year-old Joe Mendoza, at an unknown location and left them in the desert in Apple Valley, sometime after he abducted them on Wednesday morning.
Hours later on Wednesday evening somebody off-roading in the area, discovered the bodies, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Lucero reportedly fled San Bernardino, California, but he was arrested Thursday afternoon more than 800 miles away in Eagle County, Colorado on an unrelated charge, the sheriff’s department said.
The fugitive is being held in Colorado on the other charge, which was not specified, in addition for a warrant for the triple homicide in California.
He will be scheduled for an extradition hearing before he is returned to San Bernardino County to face murder charges.
On the day the mother and her sons vanished, sheriff’s deputies initially responded to the Victorville home in the 15400 block of Ferndale Road that Lucero and Villareal shared after a relative in the house called authorities Wednesday morning.
The bodies of the mother and sons were found about eight miles away from their home around 5.30pm. Authorities did not say how they were killed.
Villareal and Lucero had been dating for more than a year, were planning to get married. Last May the pair got matching tattoos, spelling each other’s names
The children’s biological father of Villarreal’s murdered sons told KCAL he had just dropped off the boys at their mother’s home on Tuesday night.
Erlinda Villareal [left], and her alleged killer Louis Lucero [right], had been dating for more than a year and last May got tattoos spelling each other’s names
According to Villareal’s Facebook page, she and Lucero had been dating for more than a year.
In may 2019, Villareal had her boyfriend’s name tattooed on her left hand, and he had her name inked on his neck.
Around the same time, she wrote about their plans to get married.
Before her death, Villareal had just become a grandmother again a week ago, when her grown daughter welcomed a baby son.
Last post: Erlinda Villareal’s final Facebook post before her death was this selfie of herself and her boys Joe Mendoza, 12, and Jay Mendoza, 9, dog-sitting in Victorville
‘It was just two years ago that my family came together to lay my baby brother, Rudy to rest. I don’t know how I could have got through that loss without my mother, and now I can’t believe that I have to lay her to rest along with 2 more of my siblings. My heart aches’. The victim’s adult daughter Ruby Mendoza is organizing a fundraiser posted a montage of her mother and brothers