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Half a country away from where a couple was dragged out of their car and shot to death by a gang of men, a man has been arrested in connection with their heinous murder.
Anthony Lorenzi, 34, was arrested in Chula Vista, California on Friday by U.S. Marshals, according to a press release. They tracked him down after they got information that he had “fled to Southern California.” Authorities arrested him at an intersection.
Lorenzi is expected to be extradited to Illinois where he will be charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Gyovanni Arzuaga, 24.
Both Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez, 23, who share two children, were dragged from their vehicle by at least four men shortly after Chicago’s Puerto Rican Day Parade late last month, according to authorities.
The couple was attacked following a minor collision and the entire incident was captured on video. The footage shows a group of men pulling the young mother out of the driver’s seat before gunfire erupts.
“The incident left their two young children orphaned,” the U.S. Marshals emphasized.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said last month that police had “promising leads” and have identified the suspected shooter, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. It’s not clear if they are closing in on any other men involved at the moment but police said they do have other persons of interest.
“This individual in custody, Lorenzi, he is the one responsible for this death,” Deenihan told WLS-TV in Chicago. “He shoots the individual in the head several times while he is on his knees. There are others that swarmed the car and kicking and punching.”
Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. He originally told the media that Arzuaga covered Perez during the attack before he was shot execution style.
Now, it appears that investigators have determined a different chain of events. They believe that it was Arzuaga who possibly shot Perez by accident during the chaos, according to WLS-TV. Deenihan told the outlet that is “more than likely.”
Lorenzi has not been charged with Perez’s death. He has a lengthy criminal history, having been arrested nearly 30 times and convicted of seven violent crimes, according to WLS. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Jae Pacheco, a friend of the slain couple, told the Sun-Times last month that the couple fell in love at first sight.
"They first met each other at a party, and it was over with from there,” Pacheco said. “They fell in love with each other, and they spent years together. They made a family together.”
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