This story was updated at 6:12 p.m.
From the Los Angeles Times, KTLA and additional reporting by the Los Feliz Ledger.
LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles police said Monday a suspect in Texas has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man whose body parts–including a head–were found scattered across Griffith Park in 2012.
Gabriel Campos Martinez, 38 — described in an LAPD statement as “the suspect responsible” for the murder of Hervey Coronado Medellin — was arrested Sunday in San Antonio. Martinez was the victim’s roommate and partner, law enforcement sources said.
Medellin’s last known address was on DeLongpre Avenue in Hollywood. He also lived on Finley Avenue in Los Feliz, according to records and other addresses locally over the years.
Martinez was being held on $1 million bail Monday pending extradition proceedings charged with one count of murder, according to reports.
Martinez allegedly killed Medellin around Dec. 27, 2011, after having been roommates with the older man for about six months, according to a criminal complaint, reports stated. If convicted, he faces 25 to life in prison.
According to reports, Medellin died of asphyxiation.
Medellin, 66, was reported missing about a week before dog walkers discovered his head wrapped in a plastic bag along a Bronson Canyon trail below the Hollywood sign on Jan. 17, 2012. A subsequent search with cadaver dogs turned up two hands, and later two feet in a shallow grave.
According to friends and family, Medellin’s boyfriend told them Medellin left their third-floor apartment on DeLongpre Avenue on Dec. 26 but that he continued to hear from him until Jan. 4.
The boyfriend told family friends that when Medellin did not return, he became concerned and reported him missing Jan. 9. His head was found eight days later.
Medellin was a retired Mexicana Airlines employee known for his love of art and hiking. Those who knew him said he sometimes walked his dog in the hills where his body was later found, as the park was not far from his home.
Look for updates on this story as they develop.