General Crime

* Custodio Sandoval Lopez arrested in Louisiana for 1996 murder of Daniel Benjamin Hernandez in Windsor

A man wanted for a 1996 murder in Windsor has been arrested in Lafayette, La., Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said today.Custodio Sandoval Lopez, 54, is suspected of killing 53-year-old Daniel Benjamin Hernandez in Lopez’s home, Sgt. Carlos Basurto said. Hernandez died of multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. Lopez’s family members discovered the body and called the Windsor Police Department.

Lopez fled and has been hiding since the murder, Basurto said. The Lafayete Parish Sheriff’s Office informed the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office on March 9 that Lopez had been found, Basurto said.Sonoma County sheriff’s detectives traveled to Louisiana on March 11.

Lopez had been arrested under a false name but later admitted his true identity to sheriff’s detectives, who confirmed his identity with photographs and fingerprints, Basurto said.It’s unknown how long Lopez had been living in Louisiana, Basurto said.Lopez is scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court on Friday afternoon. He is being held without bail in Sonoma County Jail.

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