ICE says Rico-Ruvira was in US illegally at the time of murder
A man who allegedly strangled his girlfriend to death and then fled to Mexico with the couple’s 3-year-old son is the latest addition to the Roswell Police Department’s list of most wanted criminal suspects.
Jorge Rico-Ruvira, 32, was named as one of “Roswell’s Most Wanted” in a press release by the Department Tuesday. He is the first name placed on the list in 2020, according to information on the Roswell’s Most Wanted page of the department’s website.
Rico-Ruvira is charged with first-degree murder, willful and deliberate, along with one count each of bribery of a witness and abuse of a child in connection with the death of Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, 27.
Mauricio-Sanchez was found dead Jan. 7 in the couple’s residence at 602 E. Forest St. in Roswell.
The couple’s son Osiel Ernesto Rico, 3, was also reported missing and an Amber Alert was issued.
Federal authorities believe Rico-Ruvira, a Mexican citizen, could have absconded with the boy across the southern border. The Roswell Police, New Mexico State Police and FBI are investigating the case.
A federal arrest warrant was issued for Rico-Ruvira Jan. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on a charge of flight to avoid prosecution or give testimony.
Rico-Ruvira has family residing in the Zacatecas and Jalisco areas of Mexico, according to a federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.
Rico-Ruvira was admitted into the U.S. as a nonimmigrant on Oct. 6, 2008 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Houston, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — also known as ICE — said in an email.
The spokesperson did not indicate what, if any, visa program Rico-Ruvira was on when he entered the U.S., but that he violated the terms of his admission when he failed to depart the U.S. by July 10, 2009.
Following his arrest on state charges last October, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations discovered Rico-Ruvira was being held at the Chaves County Detention Center. ICE officers then lodged an immigration detainer with the Detention Center to hold him until they could take him into custody, the ICE spokesperson said.
Rico-Ruvira was transferred into ICE’s custody the same day and served with a notice to appear. He was later released from ICE’s custody on an order of recognizance based on humanitarian grounds.
The ICE spokesperson said the immigration case is now pending with the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
The FBI on Jan. 22 announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Rico-Ruvira’s capture.
Frank Fisher, public affairs officer for the FBI field office in Albuquerque could not say how many calls the FBI has received, but there have been several with good tips.
Rico-Ruvira is described as Hispanic, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes and possibly driving a 2003 Red GMC Yukon SUV with New Mexico turquoise centennial license plate number MNF231.
Osiel Rico is 2 feet, 6 inches tall weighing 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
According to a press release from the FBI announcing the reward, Rico-Ruvira should be considered armed and dangerous.
People with information about the whereabouts of Rico or Rico-Rivera can contact the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-457-3463 or the FBI at 1-800-457-3463.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at email@example.com.