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California Man Arrested With Drugs And Guns While Keeping A Person Hostage And Suspected Of Murder

The California man accused of murdering Iraq veteran Adrian Bonar was arrested in his home Monday night, during a SWAT raid that yielded several guns, over four pounds of fentanyl and another adult male who “had been kidnapped and was being held against his will,” according to a statement by the Anaheim Police Department. Antonio Silva, 27, is suspected of murdering Army Veteran Adrian Bonar, whose body was found wrapped in a tarp in the trunk of an abandoned Lexus on October 17th off Santa Ana Canyon Road west of Gypsum Canyon. Due to the nature of the crime, the Anaheim Police Department involved a SWAT team to partake in the search warrant of Silva’s home in the 2500 block of Bristol Street in Santa Ana, and for good reason. The search warrant yielded two rifles, two handguns and over four pounds of fentanyl.

Amazingly, we encountered an adult male who had been kidnapped and was being held against his will at Silva’s home,” Anaheim Police said in a statement. “We were able to rescue that victim and likely prevented another murder.”

Antonio Silva has been booked for murder, kidnapping, and false imprisonment along with drug and weapons charges

CREDIT: ANAHEIM POLICE DEPARTMENT / FACEBOOK

Silva reportedly resisted arrest, and police fired 40mm sponge rounds, which are sponge-tipped bullets designed to injure, rather than kill. The investigation remains open and ongoing so the police are not revealing any information about the relationship between Silva, Bonar and the kidnapping victim, who has not been named. Police believe that the kidnapping victim was being held for ransom in Silva’s home for several days. He was sent to the hospital, treated, and kept overnight, but released the following morning.

“Our homicide detectives and virtually every investigative unit in the Anaheim Police Department have been working tirelessly for the past four weeks on this case,” APD Public Information Officer Sgt. Daron Wyatt told Behind the Badge. “(It was) outstanding work from our investigators. They worked it from the ground up.”

Adrian Bonar’s body was found when Anaheim Police began towing the Lexus his body was hidden in.

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The tow truck driver thought something was unusual about the car. Bonar was the son of millionaire restaurant owner Dr. Brian Bonar. He was born in Scotland, but later moved to San Diego and signed up to be of service. “Regardless of what Adrian may have been involved in, he was a victim of this crime,” Wyatt said. “He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army who saw combat in Iraq, and nobody deserves to die in this fashion or be a victim of a murder no matter what they’ve done.”

Adrian Bonar was an alumni brother of mine,” Mark J. Sellinger commented on the Anaheim Police Department’s Facebook post. “He and I, many years removed, attended the same military academy. I have shared the news of the arrest of the suspect in his killing with my academy brothers. On behalf of our brotherhood, we thank the Anaheim Police and all the other agencies who worked to arrest this alleged killer so he can face justice.”

Bonar is survived by his wife, Jackie Franklin, and daughter, Piper.

CREDIT: ANAHEIM POLICE DEPARTMENT / ADRIAN BONAR / FACEBOOK

In a Facebook tribute last month, Bonar’s sister, Pauline Gourdie, called his murderer “evil scum.” “My wee brother, my twin 14 years apart. How I loved you and I know you loved me back,” she wrote. “My heart is breaking, yet bursting with pride that you were my brother. It’s clear you were not only loved by your family but by so many whose life you touched. You were taken too soon but by gawd did you live it…So proud of all that you achieved in your life, cut short by evil scum. May you soar with the eagles in heaven while they squawk in the sewers of hell! Until we meet again. Sleep tight lil bro. Your heartbroken sis, P.”

Silva’s arrest at this exact moment has certainly saved at least one life.

CREDIT: ANAHEIM POLICE DEPARTMENT / FACEBOOK

“It is as legitimate of a kidnapping as you could get,” Sergeant Shane Carringer, a spokesperson for Anaheim Police Department, told Oxygen.com. “He was absolutely confined and unable to leave the location. He was there against his will. His road to recovery, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, will be pretty extraordinary… We absolutely prevented another murder,” he told the outlet. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call the Anaheim PD hotline at 714-321-3669.

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