California police, who on Monday arrested a Santa Ana man in connection to an Iraq War veteran’s killing, found another man being held captive in the suspect’s home.
Antonio Silva Lopez, 27, was booked on murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, as well as drug and weapons charges following a SWAT raid on his home on Nov. 18, according to criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com.
Police suspect Lopez was behind the slaying of U.S. Army veteran Adrian Bonar, 34, whose body was found wrapped in a tarp and stashed in the trunk of a Lexus near Santa Ana Canyon Road on Oct. 17. Authorities believe Bonar’s body could have been in the vehicle for at least two days before it was found.
But when SWAT teams stormed Lopez’s home early this week to take him into custody on murder charges, they made a shocking discovery: Lopez was holding another man captive in his house — who he had allegedly kidnapped for a ransom.
“It is as legitimate of a kidnapping as you could get,” Sergeant Shane Carringer, a public information officer for Anaheim Police Department, told Oxygen.com. “He was absolutely confined and unable to leave the location. He was there against his will.”
The man, who police haven’t identified, was taken to the hospital for treatment, and has since been released, Carringer said.
“His road to recovery, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, will be pretty extraordinary,” Carringer said.
In 15 years in law enforcement, Carringer said, he hasn’t seen a case quite like this one.
“This is the first time that any of us had heard of anything like this going on,” he said. “It’s an amazing case. We absolutely prevented another murder.”
Police also seized more than four pounds of fentanyl, two rifles and two handguns from Lopez’s home during the raid.
Investigators haven’t yet released a motive in Bonar’s killing, nor his manner of death. It’s also unclear if the kidnapping is related to the veteran’s murder, or how long the unidentified victim was being held at Lopez’s home. Authorities also haven’t yet revealed to whom the Lexus belonged.
"Charges have been filed and we need to ensure that our prosecution is valid and we don’t jeopardize the integrity of the investigation," Daron Wyatt, another Anaheim police spokesperson said during a news conference this week, according to KTLA.
“We started on Oct. 17 with a body in the trunk of a car and now we have a suspect in custody with very little evidence,” Wyatt added.
Bonar served during the Iraq War, police said. He is from Escondido, California. His LinkedIn profile states that he was the owner of FU2 Fitness, a local and martial arts-oriented gym. Google and Yelp information indicates that the business is closed.
Lopez is being held without bail, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. He waived his arraignment appearance on Friday, and is scheduled back in court on Nov. 27.
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