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Man pleads guilty in connection to King City triple homicide that killed unborn infant

KING CITY, Calif. (KION) UPDATE 8/3/22 3:43 p.m.- A man has pled guilty in connection to a triple murder that occurred on Dec. 26, 2021, that killed three, including a pregnant mother and her unborn child, according to Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni.

Raul Lucas, 21, pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder while personally using a firearm to benefit a criminal street gang. He will receive up to 58 years to life when he is sentenced on August 31, said Pacioni.

Lucas, along with three other gang members, drove to Sussex Way and shot and killed Carlos Lopez, age 20, and his girlfriend Salina Godoy, age 18, who was ten to 12 weeks pregnant, when they left their vehicle in King City, said Pacioni.

A vehicle was caught on surveillance believed to be involved in the murders. A search warrant was then served at the residence the vehicle was found at.

The murder weapon involved in the murders was found at the residence with Lucas' DNA on it, said Pacioni.

Elizar Ayron Arellano is still on the run from King City Police and is believed to have been involved in a double-homicide back in Dec. 26, 2021

The King City Police Department is still looking for Elizar Ayron (pictured below) for alleged involvement in the triple murders.

If anyone sees or knows the whereabouts of Arellano, they are asked not to approach Arellano. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Call the King City Police Department at 831‐755‐5111.

Two juveniles arrested for connection to King City triple homicide that killed unborn infant

(KION) UPDATE 7/25/22 3:43 p.m.- King City Police said they made two additional arrests in the Dec. 26, 2021, triple murder that killed an unborn infant.

Two 17-year-old King City residents were arrested on June 25 for alleged involvement in the murders that killed Carlos Manual Lopez Sanchez, Selena Gonzalez Godoy and Godoy’s unborn child. Each juvenile was charged with a count of murder for each victim and was booked to Monterey County Juvenile Hall, said police.

Both suspects were already booked into Juvenile Hall on unrelated charges, said police.

The King City Police Department is still looking for Elizar Ayron (pictured below) for alleged involvement in the triple murders.

If anyone sees or knows the whereabouts of Arellano, they are asked not to approach Arellano. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Call the King City Police Department at 831‐755‐5111.

Murder charge added in King City homicide investigation after victim determined to be pregnant

UPDATE 1/14/22 3:43 p.m.: King City Police announced additional charges for the people believed to have been involved in a King City homicide on Sussex Way and Wellington Avenue in late Dec. 2021.

Police confirmed today, through the Monterey County Sheriff's Office Coroner Unit, that the female victim in the shooting was pregnant at the time she was murdered.

Selena Gonzalez Godoy and Carlos Manuel Lopez Sanchez were killed in that shooting on Dec. 26.

As a result of the discovery of Godoy's pregnancy, Raul Omar Lucas faces an additional count of homicide, while Rocio Villa Vasquez Martinez faces an additional count of aiding and abetting in the incident.

King City Police, meanwhile, arrested an additional suspect and have charged a 19-year-old they identified as Guillermo Becerra with three counts of homicide.

Police said they're still looking for an additional suspect, identified as Elizar Ayron Arellano. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information should contact King City Police Department at 831-755-5111 and advise them they believe they have seen Arellano, the location and time where they saw Arellano, a description of Arellano’s clothing and any vehicle that may be related to him.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The King City Police Department arrested two suspects in a double homicide of 20-year-old Carlos Manuel Lopez Sanchez and 18-year-old Selena Gonzalez Godoy in King City Monday afternoon.

According to police, Monterey Communications received multiple 911 calls about gunshots fired in the area around Sussex Way and Wellington Avenue on Dec. 26 at around 1:22 p.m.

Police said a grey 2006 GMC Yukon arrived around the time of the crime where a suspect exited the vehicle and confronted the victims.

During a search on Dec. 27, King City Police, SWAT team and Salinas VSTF found a gun with no serial number. Police arrested a 28-year-old female Salinas resident for possession of an assault weapon, possession of a short-barreled rifle, possession of a large-capacity magazine, and child endangerment. She was booked in Monterey County Jail for aiding and abetting the murder.

On Dec. 29, police were able to locate another suspect in Salinas. Raul Omar Lucas, 20, was charged for murdering two people. However, police are still looking for 19-year-old Elizar Ayron Arellano and two additional suspects.

"If members of the public know the whereabouts of Arellano they are asked to not attempt to contact Arellano as he is considered armed and dangerous," King City Police said in a statement.

Police ask that people call (831) 755-5111 if they believe they have seen Arellano, the location and time where they saw Arellano, a description of Arellano’s clothing and any vehicle that may be related to him.

Anyone with more information about Raul Omar Lucas and Elizar Ayron Arellano and their associates is encouraged to contact the King City Police Department at (831) 386-5988.

To remain anonymous you can contact the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

This story was updated Dec. 30 11:30 a.m. to include the names of the victims, suspects and additional information found in King City Police's investigation.

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