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Authorities hunting California man charged with beheading girlfriend with samurai sword

July 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities hunting California man charged with beheading girlfriend with samurai sword Jacob Gonzales (right) Katherine Cunningham (left)

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Authorities are on the hunt for a Jacob Gonzales, the California man who reportedly beheaded his girlfriend with a samurai sword after police recovered his DNA on the murder weapon.

Officials are searching for the 23-year-old Jacob Gonzales, of Los Banos, and charged him with murder in connection with the slaying of 26-year-old Katherine Cunningham after finding that the suspect’s DNA was a match with the DNA authorities located on the sword’s handle.

Detectives discovered the sword inside the trunk of a Honda 560 miles away from where Cunningham’s remains were found, ran DNA tests on it, and determined that the blade of the sword contained Cunningham’s blood.

Test results also showed that Gonzales’ DNA was on the sword’s handle, CBS News reported.

Jacob Gonzales (above) is sought for the murder of Katherine Cunningham according to Island County Sheriff’s Office

Police recovered Cunningham’s body on Camano Island in Washington back in March and initially charged Gonzales with car and firearms theft.

Investigators discovered a bunker with ammunition, supplies, and guns near the body.

“Based on those results, we amended the charges,” the Island County Sheriff’s Office announced in a statement explaining the increased charge of “domestic violence murder while armed with a deadly weapon” on Friday.

There is currently a $1 million warrant out for Gonzales’ apprehension. He is described as a Hispanic male with black hair, hazel eyes, 5’9” tall and weighing roughly 150 lbs. He is believed to be “armed and dangerous.”

Samurai swords have a weapon of choice for many killers. In March, a woman reportedly used a samurai sword to stab her boyfriend in a plot to kill him.

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