Christopher Torrez arrested for homicide in Newman

NEWMAN – A 42-year-old Newman man was arrested early Wednesday morning in the stabbing death of a local woman with whom he had a dating relationship, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported late this afternoon.

Authorities said Christopher Torrez is in custody on suspicion of homicide after being arrested in his vehicle in front of Yolo Middle School at 3 a.m.

According to a press release from the sheriff's department, Torrez is suspected in the stabbing death of Sonia Gonzalez, 39, of Newman. Newman police officers were dispatched to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 1500 block of Langston Drive at 2:30 a.m.

Officers arrived at the residence to find Gonzalez suffering from multiple stab wounds, authorities reported. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Newman officers initiated a search for Torrez and attempted to pull him over after locating him in a vehicle near the crime scene, the press release stated. Torrez led officers on a very slow pursuit for a few blocks before pulling over in front of the middle school.

He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Public Safety Center on suspicion of homicide.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Crimes Against Persons unit was called to the scene to assist Newman police with the homicide investigation.