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Police: Gilroy Christmas Murder Suspect Arrested A Few Blocks Away From Crime Scene

By Kiki Jones, Director of Digital Content, kikijones@kionrightnow.com
Published On: Dec 26 2013 09:56:38 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 27 2013 10:34:45 AM CST

Officers arrested the man they believe is responsible for a Christmas Day murder in Gilroy.

GILROY, Calif. -

Officers arrested the man they believe is responsible for a Christmas Day murder in Gilroy.

Officers were asking the public to be on the lookout for him as a suspect in a Christmas morning homicide that happened on the 8100 block of Kelton Drive.

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A family returned home around 5:30 p.m. and found the victim, 21-year-old Alma Roque Ortega, already dead and their son, Ernesto Rodriguez, missing.

Police said that Ortega did not live at the house and had a criminal protective restraining order issued against Rodriguez.

Based on evidence at the scene, police believe that Rodriguez is a suspect in the murder.

If you see him or have any information, please call 911 or contact Gilroy Police Homicide Detective Mike Bolton at 408-846-0335.