UPDATE: Butte Co. murder suspect charged in Glenn Co.

Jan 14, 2016 7:44 PM by News Staff


Glenn County Sheriff’s detectives announced Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for Alfredo Rodriguez Ruvalcaba.

Ruvalcaba, 53, is being charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and sodomy, along with several special allegations. Ruvalcaba is suspected of murdering 16-year-old Melissa Esquivel-Flores back in July.

The suspect is currently housed in the Butte County Jail awaiting charges for crimes committed in the county. He will be in released to Glenn County custody once he answers to the charges in Butte County.


Ruvalcaba was arraigned in Butte County July 16 on charges related to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl found murdered on the Fourth of July.

Ruvalcaba did not enter a plea at the time and court proceedings were continued. Bail has been set at $2 million, half of which is for the molestation charge, the other for failing to appear back in 2013.

Ruvalcaba was told by the judge if he were to make bail he is required to stay away from the family of Esquivel-Flores, however his attorney said bail will not be posted.

Ruvalcaba was originally arrested on the molestation charge January 31, 2013. He posted a $1 million bond and fled to Mexico. Efforts to have Ruvalcaba, who is a U.S. citizen, extradited were unsuccessful.

He was not heard from until again he was found injured in a ditch July 5, just a few blocks from where police found Esquivel-Flores' body a day earlier.


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