Murder, arson charges to be filed in Lower Haight car fire death 

The man accused of killing a Sacramento woman and torching her body and car in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood early Monday is being charged with murder and arson, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Almon Johnson, 29, is expected to be arraigned on the charges in San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday morning, District Attorney's Office spokesman Seth Steward said.

The body of 23-year-old Vanessa Herrera was found inside her two-door gray Pontiac at about 3:30 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of Rose Street, according to police. The car was engulfed in flames.

The relationship between Herrera and Johnson, and the motive for the killing, are still under investigation, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said Wednesday.

Johnson is alleged to have killed Herrera in Sacramento and then brought her body to San Francisco before lighting the car on fire, according to police.

Johnson is believed to have ties to both Sacramento and San Francisco, Dangerfield said.

Johnson was arrested in downtown San Francisco on Monday night, police said. He was booked into jail on suspicion of murder, arson, destruction of evidence and parole violation.

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