21-Year-Old Arrested in October Homicide of Santee Woman, Search for Second Suspect Continues

The woman was found unconscious by her roommate on Oct. 4, suffering from trauma to her body

San Diego County Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) have arrested a 21-year-old man and continue to look for a second suspect in connection with the mysterious October homicide of a woman in Santee. 

Jose Luis Nunez-Torres, 21, of San Diego, was arrested and re-booked on a single count of murder for the Oct. 4 death of Leticia Arroyo inside her Santee townhouse. Nunez-Torres was already in custody at the San Diego Central Jail on unrelated charges. 

Sheriff's deputies said they continue to search for a second suspect in the case and the investigation is ongoing. 

In October, Arroyo's roommate came home to their residence in 8800 block of Mission Greens Road, near Mission Gorge, at around 10:40 p.m. to find the woman unconscious on the floor, critically injured.

He immediately called 911. SDSO deputies were dispatched to the scene and when they arrived, the woman was confirmed dead.

The victim's sister described Arroyo as a beloved daughter and aunt who made everyone laugh and had an infectious smile.

"She was a beautiful person," said Priscilla, adding that Arroyo was an alumna of Mount Miguel High School, where she excelled as a softball player.

"We want peace, we want closure, we want justice," said Priscilla.

The investigation spanned several blocks in Santee that October as deputies gathered evidence. At this time, deputies said they found "blood evidence" was found in the street near the woman's home, although detectives have not yet determined if the blood belongs to the victim or to the suspect or suspects.

Sheriff's officials have not revealed what happened the day of the homicide. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDSO’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321 or (858) 565-5200, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Arroyo's family with funeral costs. You can donate to the fund here.

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