Rock Valley Man Accused Of Murdering Grandfather, Setting House On Fire

ROCK VALLEY, IOWA — A 19-year-old man is facing first degree murder and arson charges in the death of his grandfather.

According to a release from Rock Valley Police, Rock Valley Fire Department responded on Oct. 29 to a house fire in the 1400 block of 15th Street in Rock Valley, Iowa. Authorities say a portion of the house was fully engulfed in flames. Inside, they found the body of 84-year-old Luis Luevanos, who police say suffered multiple stab wounds before the fire.

Investigators learned that Santos Rodriguez Jr., a grandson of Luis Luevenos, who also resided in the same home, had traveled to Utah after the fire.  DCI Agents traveled to Utah and conducted an interview of Rodriguez Jr… in which the suspect made admissions to stabbing his grandfather and intentionally setting the fire afterwards. He was arrested in Utah on Wednesday.

Rodriguez Jr. charged with Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony, and Arson in the First Degree, a class B felony.  He is currently in custody in Utah and awaiting extradition back to Iowa, with bond set at $1 million.

The investigation is on-going and anyone having information related to the fire is encouraged to contact the Rock Valley Police Department.

 

 

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