Authorities have arrested a Guadalupe man in connection with the death of a 32-year-old man whose body was found next to a broccoli field in Nipomo in February, county sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Guadalupe police arrested Michael William Sauceda, 30, on a $600,000 warrant, according to Rob Bryn, spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.
He was booked Tuesday into the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of being an accessory to a homicide with a gang enhancement, Bryn said. Enhancements, which are based on the circumstances of an alleged crime, can increase prison sentences.
An employee of San Ysidro Farms, which owns the broccoli fields, found Pedro Gonzalez’s body Feb. 15.
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Gonzalez was found about a quarter-mile from Division Street, amid hundreds of acres of farmland and about a half-mile from the nearest house.
Sauceda is one of four people who authorities believe is involved in the death.
In July, officials from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties announced that Alejandro “Tiny” Carrillo, 27, of Guadalupe and Stacy Doreen Araujo, 39, of Orcutt had been charged in connection with Gonzalez’s death.
Authorities are still looking for another woman, Miroslava “Miros” Murguia, 34, of Guadalupe, who is wanted on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
In a previous interview, Ann Bramsen, chief assistant district attorney for Santa Barbara County, told The Tribune that Gonzalez had died of a gunshot wound.
She could not be reached for comment Thursday on what the suspects’ motive might have been.
Detectives also determined the homicide occurred in Santa Barbara County and Gonzalez was moved to the field.
She said that Carrillo, Araujo and Murguia are all believed to be associated with the same street gang, and that Gonzalez was not affiliated with a street gang.
Investigators ask that anyone with information about Murguia’s whereabouts contact Crime Stoppers at www.slotips.org or call 549-7867.