Man Arrested in Hemet Double Homicide, Throat Slashing

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A suspect was in custody Sunday after being arrested in connection with a double homicide and a throat slashing in Hemet, authorities said.


An investigation was underway in Hemet after a double homicide and a throat slashing, authorities said.

Johnny Lopez, 33, was arrested and was believed to be responsible for both incidents, according to Deputy Michael Vasquez, spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded at 8:13 p.m. Saturday to the 40000 block of Sunset Lane, where a woman had suffered lacerations to her neck, Vasquez said. She was transported to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Department also received a call about 9:13 p.m. Saturday from an unknown person who said the bodies of two women were inside a building in the 26000 block of Girard Street, according to Vasquez. When deputies arrived at the location, about a mile and a half from the crime scene on Sunset Lane, they discovered the bodies of a 6-year-old girl and a woman in her 30s.

The victims who were found on Girard Street were not relatives of each other, officials said.

Lopez had been taken into custody by the time the deceased victims were found, Vasquez said.

It was believed that domestic violence may have prompted the incidents. However, a possible relationship between the suspect and victims was unknown.