The apparent homicide of Breanna Bradford, 22, allegedly at the hands of her former boyfriend, sent an emotional shock wave where she went to high school.
She was found dead in a vehicle early Sunday in Fresno, CA after being reported missing Friday by her family.
Her ex-boyfriend, James Matthew Gonzales-Gay, 35, was arrested Friday for the unrelated carjacking of a mail truck in Fresno and remains behind bars in Fresno County Jail.
Besides carjacking, he’s being held for carrying a loaded stolen gun and being a felon or drug user in possession of a gun. The case was still under investigation as of Monday and had yet be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for charges to be filed.
Police said Gonzales-Gay arrived at Bradford’s apartment about 11 p.m. Thursday and the two started arguing.
Family members told police Gonzales-Gay wanted Bradford to drive him to Sanger, where he is from, but she refused. Gonzales-Gay allegedly pulled out two handguns and put them on a table and told Bradford, “These are not for you.” The two went into a bathroom and continued their heated argument.
A family member heard what sounded like a struggle in a bedroom, but when he entered the room, the sliding glass door was open and they were gone. They had left the apartment about 12:30 a.m. Friday.
She was supposed to go to her first day of work that morning at an IHOP restaurant. She did not show up and her family said they could not find her. The vehicle with her body was found about 4 a.m. Sunday near Ventura and Ninth.
Gonzales-Gay was arrested the day she disappeared when he tried to carjack a mail service truck on Maple Avenue between Huntington Boulevard and Kings Canyon Road.
He went into the van from the driver’s side door, pulled the carrier from the seat and threw him on the ground. He tried to drive away, but the carrier was able to shift into park and grab the ignition key.
Gonzales-Gay started chasing the driver, but neighbors intervened, and he ran off when police arrived. Gonzalles-Gay was nabbed by officers and identified by the carrier and witnesses.
He had a gun and the gun’s magazine was found on the ground.