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Federal arrest warrant issued for homicide suspect

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A federal arrest warrant was issued Friday for Jorge Rico-Ruvira, charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, after he allegedly killed a woman in Roswell and then fled the state with their 3-year-old son.

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico issued the warrant that was filed by the FBI, according to a press release issued by the FBI.

A criminal complaint states that the FBI believes Rico-Ruvira, 32, has fled the state of New Mexico to avoid arrest on a first-degree murder charge.

“Interviews with family members of Rico-Ruvira, other witnesses and examinations of information obtained through search warrants and exigent requests provide reasonable belief that Rico-Ruvira has fled to Mexico. Rico-Ruvira is a Mexican citizen, and has family in the Sacatecas and Jalisco areas of Mexico,” the complaint states.

Dianna Luce, district attorney with the 5th Judicial District — which includes Chaves County — has requested the assistance of the FBI in the search for Rico-Ruvira. The complaint states Luce has agreed to extradite him from any location where he is apprehended.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Rico-Ruvira charging him with first-degree murder in the death of Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, 27. She was found by her father Tuesday, strangled to death in her 602 E. Forest St. residence.

The couple’s 3-year-old son, Osiel Ernesto Rico, was also missing. New Mexico State Police, on behalf of Roswell police, then issued an Amber Alert for Rico.

Rico-Ruvira was believed to be driving a maroon 2003 GMC Yukon SUV. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Rico is described as Hispanic and 2 feet, 6 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes.

The release from the FBI states that people with information regarding the case should contact the FBI at 505-889-1300, the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770 or the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Clearinghouse at 1-800-457-3463.