Holtville, California - On Friday December 21, 2018, at about 1854 hours, Imperial County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1900 block of Underwood Road in Holtville, CA in reference to a disturbance type call.

Upon arrival, Deputies located the victim of a battery with head injuries and began to render first aid until medical personnel arrived on scene. Further investigation led deputies to a second location at a residence where a male subject was found lying on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot to the head. The second subject, a 39 year old male, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Following up on leads, Sheriff’s Investigators and Patrol Deputies located a suspect, identified as Adrian Alvarado Lopez, age 40. Lopez and a female companion were taken into custody. Several statements were obtained during interviews and various items of evidence collected, including a firearm believed to have been used in the crime.

Lopez was booked into Imperial County Jail for Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of Ammunition. His bail is $1,000,000. The female, Jessica Michelle Noriega (36) was booked into Imperial County Jail for Accessory. Her bail is $10,000.

The investigation is on-going.