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SFPD arrest suspect in Lower Haight car fire

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A 29-year-old man is believed to have killed a woman in her twenties in Sacramento before driving her body to San Francisco and lighting on fire her and the car he drove, according to police officials.

San Francisco police did not reveal the relationship between the suspect Almon Johnson and the victim Vanessa Herrera, but they said Johnson had ties to The City.

“That may have been why he drove here,” Lt. Lea Militello said. “He does have family that resides in San Francisco.”

Johnson was arrested by San Francisco police Tuesday in connection with the homicide.

The car where Herrera’s body was found was discovered around 3:30 a.m. Monday. The San Francisco Fire Department had responded to a car fire in the 400 block of Rose Street in the Lower Haight neighborhood and discovered the body when the blaze was extinguished.

The nature of Herrera’s death was not revealed, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

This is the ninth homicide in The City since the New Year, police said.

The most recent occurred on Tuesday morning when two victims were found with gunshot wounds in a home in the 1600 block of Kirkwood. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was transported to a local hospital with multiple gun shot wounds.

Chief Jeff Godown could not explain the increase in homicides in The City.

“There’s no explanation,” he said. “I can assure we are investigating all the cases daily and in constant communication with our captains, but I cannot explain why all of this has occurred.”

akoskey@sfexaminer.com