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Police: Girlfriend attempts to murder boyfriend by setting tent on fire

RED BLUFF, Calif - A woman has been arrested for attempted murder after Red Bluff police said she set her boyfriend’s tent on fire.

Posted: Feb 24, 2018 5:23 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2018 4:59 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif - A woman has been arrested for attempted murder after Red Bluff police said she set her boyfriend’s tent on fire.

Police were dispatched to help the Red Bluff Fire Department with a fire in the 300 block of Breckenridge St, at about 8:40 a.m. Friday.

Upon arrival, officers found an unoccupied burning homeless encampment and the fire was extinguished by firefighters, according to RBPD.

The Red Bluff fire chief said the fire was set intentionally and witnesses came forward to report that a male victim had severe burns to his left hand and wrist from the fire.

Officials said the 36-year-old victim was inside the tent at the time of the fire and later fled, as well as the suspect.

On Saturday the male victim came forward to authorities and said that his girlfriend (24-year-old Fhileen Ruvalcaba) set his tent on fire while he was inside, in an attempt to kill him over relationship problems.

Red Bluff police were able to locate Ruvalcaba based on tips from the victim, the suspect was found at a homeless encampment near Dog Island Park.

Ruvalcaba was interviewed and she admitted to setting a blanket on fire next to the tent because she thought the victim was having an affair.

Ruvalcaba was arrested for:

• Attempted murder
• Domestic violence
• Arson

The suspect was booked into the Tehama County Jail and is being held on a $1 million bail.

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