KING CITY — An additional two teenagers from King City have been arrested for their involvement in the deaths of two residents and an unborn child last December.

King City Police Department detectives arrested the juvenile males, both 17 years old, on July 25 for three counts of homicide. At the time of their arrests, each suspect was being lodged in Monterey County Juvenile Hall for “unrelated criminal charges to this investigation,” police said in a news release Monday.

“The Police Department wants to thank the Monterey County Probation Department and Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for their support which aided in the apprehension of the suspects,” police said.

In December 2021, King City residents Carlos Lopez Sanchez, 20, and Selena Gonzalez Godoy, 18, were shot and killed in the area of Sussex Way and Wellington Avenue. An autopsy determined that Godoy was more than eight weeks pregnant at the time, according to police.

The juveniles are the fifth and sixth suspects arrested in connection with the Dec. 26 fatal shooting.

Police have also arrested a 16-year-old boy from King City, along with 20-year-old Raul Lucas and 19-year-old Guillermo Becerra, both of Salinas, for the murders. Another suspect, 28-year-old Rocio Martinez of Salinas, was arrested on various weapon charges as well as aiding and abetting in the murder of the victims.

Elizar Ayron Arellano

King City Police is continuing its efforts to locate a seventh suspect, 19-year-old Elizar Ayron Arellano of King City, who is considered armed and dangerous.

“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, and instead contact the 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,” police said.

Anyone with further information about this investigation is asked to contact Sgt. John Dow of KCPD at 831-386-5969 or [email protected]; or call the anonymous WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” police said.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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