A suspected has been arrested in connection with a murder of a man in Anaheim. Antonio Silva, a resident of Santa Ana, California, was arrested on Monday night after a SWAT team raided his home and discovered a kidnapping victim being held there for ransom.
Adrian Darren Bonar, 34, was found dead in the trunk of a car in Anaheim on October 17. It’s unclear at this time what his relationship with Silva was, what the motivation behind the killing was or how, exactly, Bonar died. When his body was found, it was wrapped in a tarp, in a car near Gypsum Canyon.
While police have offered few statements on Bonar’s death, they did offer some words about the crime. “Regardless of what Adrian may have been involved in, he is a victim of this crime,” stated Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim police.
“He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army who saw combat in Iraq. No one deserves to die in this fashion or to be a victim of a murder no matter what their background is.”
After an investigation by Anaheim police, a warrant was issued for Antonio Silva. As the prime suspect in the murder, police knew they would need to bring Silva in quickly to avoid him hurting anyone else. As such, they gathered a SWAT team to raid his Santa Ana home in order to bring him in.
During their raid, the SWAT team found a man who had been kidnapped by Silva and was being held for ransom. Thankfully, the police were able to safely extract the kidnapping victim and get him to the hospital to be treated for unspecified wounds. The team found and arrested Silva, and then confiscated the illegal materials found in his home.
Said materials included nearly 2 kilograms of fentanyl and several firearms, according to police reports. How the large quantity of drugs and firearms played into Silva’s criminal behavior has not been made public. It’s unclear if he was operating as a drug dealer or if the murder was motivated by other factors. Silva is now awaiting trial on multiple criminal charges.