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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Wednesday November 21st, 2018 :: 05:35 p.m. PST


Newman Man Arrested in Early Morning Homicide

Newman CA – Christopher Torrez (42, Newman) is in custody for suspicion of homicide after being arrested in his vehicle in front of Yolo Middle School at 3:00 AM. Newman Police were dispatched to a report of a stabbing in the 1500 block of Langston Drive in Newman at 2:30 AM. Officers arrived at the residence to find Sonia Gonzalez (39, Newman) suffering from multiple stab wounds. Medics pronounced her deceased at the scene.

Newman officers began searching the area for Torrez, who was in a dating relationship with Gonzalez and was suspected in the stabbing. They located Torrez in his vehicle near the crime scene and attempted to pull him over. Torrez led officers on a very slow pursuit for a few blocks before pulling over in front of Yolo Middle School. Torrez was taken into custody without incident.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Persons unit was called to the scene to assist Newman PD with the homicide investigation. Torrez was booked at the Public Safety Center for suspicion of homicide.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Adam Rodriguez at (209) 525-7093.

*NOTE- A current booking photo of Torrez was not available. The attached booking photo was taken in May 2016.

If you have any tips, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward


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