San Diego (CNS) - A 29 year-old man was arrested today in connection with three murders that rocked San Diego on Christmas Eve and early this year.

Carlo Gallopa Mercado, 29, was booked by San Diego police today for three counts of first degree murder. He is apparently accused of killing Ilona Flint and Salvadore Belvedere, both 22, outside the Macy's Department Store in Mission Valley Dec. 24.

Salvadore's brother, Gianni Belvedere, was discovered missing over Christmas. Gianni was Flint's fiancee, and his body was found inside a parked car's trunk in Riverside Jan. 17.

San Diego police have issued no details today. But family members of the slain adults say an arrest was made today, and they scheduled a 5 p.m. news conference in Lakeside to announce details.

Posted by Amy King