San Antonio police on January 10 announced that a third person had been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a Texas couple in December, CBS News reported.
Savanah Nicole Soto, 18, and her 22-year-old boyfriend Matthew Guerra were reported missing in December the day before the 9-month-pregnant Soto was scheduled to deliver her baby. They were found dead of gunshot wounds several days later in Guerra’s car.
On January 4, San Antonio police arrested 19-year-old Christopher Preciado and charged him with capital murder. Also arrested was 53-year-old Ramon Preciado, who was charged with abuse of a corpse for helping move bodies after the murders.
The third suspect arrested the following week is Myrta Romanos, 47, who police believe is Christopher Preciado’s stepmother.
In a January 10 press conference announcing Romanos’ arrest, San Antonio Police Lt. Michelle Ramos said all three suspects resided in the same home.
Surveillance footage showed Romanos leaving and returning home with Ramon and Christopher Preciado on the night of the murder.
According to Lt. Ramos, the gun used in the murders belonged to Myrta Ramanos.
Ramos told reporters that early on in the investigation, detectives knew that a third person was involved in the killings but there hadn’t been enough evidence at first to confirm the third person was Myrta Romanos.
After the murders, San Antonio police released a video of the two persons of interest in the killings. The video was captured not far from where the bodies of Soto and Guerra were found. It showed one person driving a dark Chevrolet Silverado with a bed cover and another driving Matthew Guerra’s Kia Optima.
According to Lt. Ramos, social media generated a lot of information suggesting that a third person was involved in the killings, and while homicide detectives were aware that a third person was involved, they needed enough probable cause before making the arrest.
With Romanos’ arrest, San Antonio police are confident that there are no more suspects in the murders, Ramos said.