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Suspect arrested in death of Escondido man found in trunk of abandoned car

Posted at 6:39 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 12:45:54-05

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man was arrested in Santa Ana Monday in the murder of an Escondido man whose body was discovered in the trunk of a car parked in Anaheim.

Orange County authorities held a news conference Wednesday announcing the arrest of Antonio Silva Lopez, 27.

As SWAT teams raided the home, they discovered another man inside who had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom, KABC reports.

Lopez has been charged with murder along with a felony count of kidnapping for ransom-extortion or to commit robbery or a sex crime, court records show.

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Authorities also discovered roughly two kilograms of fentanyl along with multiple firearms.

Lopez was sought in the death of 34-year-old Adrian Darren Bonar. Bonar’s body was discovered October 17 when an abandoned car was being prepared to be towed from Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim.

Upon opening the trunk, officers saw something wrapped in tarp inside that “was a similar size and shape of a human body,” police said.

Bonar, according to police, was “known to frequent motels in North San Diego County and Los Angeles County.”

Friends said Bonar served in the Army and was deployed to Iraq, City News Service reports.