Police: Gilroy Christmas Murder Suspect Arrested A Few Blocks Away From Crime Scene

Ernesto Rodriguez, was arrested a few blocks away from the crime scene

POSTED: 07:56 AM PST Dec 26, 2013    UPDATED: 08:34 AM PST Dec 27, 2013 
 Ernesto Rodriguez
GILROY, Calif. -

Officers arrested the man they believe is responsible for a Christmas Day murder in Gilroy.

Officers were asking the public to be on the lookout for him as a suspect in a Christmas morning homicide that happened on the 8100 block of Kelton Drive.

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A family returned home around 5:30 p.m. and found the victim, 21-year-old Alma Roque Ortega, already dead and their son, Ernesto Rodriguez, missing.

Police said that Ortega did not live at the house and had a criminal protective restraining order issued against Rodriguez.

Based on evidence at the scene, police believe that Rodriguez is a suspect in the murder.

If you see him or have any information, please call 911 or contact Gilroy Police Homicide Detective Mike Bolton at 408-846-0335.