FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — One of the suspects arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of a Fontana man has died in an apparent suicide.
“Richard Gonzalez apparently committed suicide last night while in custody at West Valley Detention Center,” Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof said at a news conference Thursday.
Gonzalez, 18, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell Wednesday night, according to a coroner’s department press release.
Deputies removed the sheet from his neck and began CPR on the unresponsive Gonzalez.
He was then taken by ambulance to San Antonio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m.
Gonzalez and Edward Anthony Morales, 18, were booked on suspicion of murder in the death of 40-year-old Alejandro Padilla.
Padilla was found dead inside his charred vehicle in Rialto on July 27, one day after he was reported missing from his home.
Morales had previously dated Padilla’s daughter, Emily, and knew the victim and his family, according to Fontana police.
Padilla was in the process of filing a restraining order against Morales when he was killed, according to friends.
“He was having problems with Anthony, basically trying to keep Anthony away from his daughter,” family friend Tony Granados said.
Morales has pleaded not guilty in the case.
Morales’ mother, 37-year-old Alma Casada, was also arrested.
She pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder.