San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Antonio Botello-Arreola Identified as Victim of Love Triangle Murder in Sonoma County

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who was found fatally shot off of a rural road in Sonoma County on Friday morning as Antonio Botello-Arreola, 25, of Clearlake. Botello-Arreola was found in a ravine below a Toyota Previa with bullet holes in the 4500 block of Porter Creek Road after sheriff’s deputies received a call around 7:40 a.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road.

Sheriff’s detectives said he was involved in a lengthy romantic relationship with 40-year-old Maria Guadalupe Torres of Clearlake.

According to the sheriff’s office, Torres was with Botello-Arreola when they pulled off the road into a dirt turnout and she got out of the vehicle as her husband Rene Espinosa Martinez Sr. and their 20-year-old son Rene Espinoza Martinez Jr. pulled over alongside them.

The father and son did not approve of the relationship between Torres and Botello-Arreola, sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum said. Shots were fired into the Previa, Botello-Arreola was hit and he fled out of the passenger side. He ran to a ravine where he fell and was found dead soon after authorities found the Previa, Crum said.

Sheriff’s officials said evidence inside the Previa led detectives to a Santa Rosa motel, where they got information allegedly linking Botello-Arreola and Torres. Torres, Espinoza Martinez Sr. and Rene Espinoza Martinez Jr. acted in concert in the homicide, Crum said.

During interviews with the suspects in Lake County, deputies learned Torres and Botello-Arreola had been in a romantic relationship.

The three family members were arrested on suspicion of homicide and conspiracy. They are being held in Sonoma County Jail under no bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.

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