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Police arrest man suspected of killing Sacramento woman Kendra Gonzales in front of their young child

Andrew “Drew” Butler, suspected of killing his child’s mother, has been captured.
Andrew “Drew” Butler, suspected of killing his child’s mother, has been captured. San Jose Police Department

A 25-year-old Sacramento man suspected of shooting the mother of his child in front of their 1-year-old last week was arrested in Salinas late Saturday, police said.

San Jose police said Andrew “Drew” Butler had been on the run for four days after he shot 33-year-old Kendra Gonzales, also of Sacramento, in a car and then dumped her body on the side of the road.

San Jose Police Department spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia said Sunday that Butler was arrested peacefully Sunday night and would be booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of homicide.

Gonzales was driving in San Jose on Tuesday night, with Butler in the front passenger seat, with their 1-year-old child in the back seat, along with two other passengers, police said. An argument between Butler and Gonzales then escalated into violence.

Police said Butler shot Gonzales and then dragged her out of the car and left her on the road. He ordered the two passengers in the back to get out and take the toddler.

Butler drove off in the car, which was later found in Salinas, police said.

Gonzales’ family members described her as warm and loving. She had four children, ages 1 through 17. A funeral is being planned for this week.

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