LANCASTER – A suspect is in custody in connection with the murder of Stephen Finson, the Lancaster man found shot to death Feb. 24 after riding out to the desert on his all-terrain vehicle.
Arturo Lopez, 38, was arrested for the murder early Wednesday morning, after deputies served a search warrant at his home, according to a press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
Early this morning (April 30), Lancaster deputies, assisted by members of the Special Enforcement Bureau, served a search warrant at two locations in the unincorporated area of east of Lancaster.
During the service of the warrant, deputies arrested resident Arturo Lopez (male, 38 years of age) for the murder of Stephen Finson.
Mr. Finson was murdered while riding his ATC near 135th St East and Avenue H on February 24, 2014.
Two other adults were arrested for unrelated narcotics charges and child endangerment. Three children were taken into protective custody.
Mr. Lopez was transported to Lancaster Station where he is being held in lieu of a NO BAIL warrant.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this murder is urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Sergeant Martindale or Detective Q. Rodriguez at (323) 890-5500. Information can also be received anonymously at www.lacrimestoppers.org or (800) 222-8477.
During the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 23, Finson went for a ride on his all-terrain cycle, but failed to return home. Worried family members reported Finson missing, and authorities combed the desert for most of the night looking for the Navy veteran.
Finson was found the next morning by a volunteer assigned to the search team near 135th Street East and Avenue H. Finson was wearing his helmet and his Honda ATC 250R was upright some 40 to 50 feet north of the dry wash.
Authorities initially believed Finson’s death was an accident, but when the coroner arrived, detectives learned he was shot.
Finson was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:20 a.m., Feb. 24, by the paramedics.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on April 15, approved a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for Finson’s murder.
It was unclear Wednesday afternoon whether the reward had been claimed.
Editor’s Note: We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available.
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