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Woman suspected of fatally stabbing trucker in Lake Elsinore


Last updated 4/23/2019 at 9:30am

LAKE ELSINORE - A woman suspected of fatally stabbing a 32-year-old trucker as he sat behind the wheel of his rig in Lake Elsinore was being held without bail.

Vanessa Michelle Ruvalcaba, 23, of Riverside was arrested Saturday and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of murder and resisting arrest.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the attack happened about 7 that morning on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 15, near Main Street.

Officer Mike Lassig said Ruvalcaba was in the cab of the truck, which did not have a trailer attached when she allegedly stabbed the victim, a San Bernardino resident whose name has not been released.

He said witnesses saw Ruvalcaba running away from the rig and became suspicious, prompting several calls to 911. CHP officers and Riverside County sheriff's deputies arrived within a couple of minutes and detained the suspect not far from the truck, according to Lassig.

The victim was found unconscious in the truck, and was pronounced dead by paramedics soon afterward, the officer said.

A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed.

According to court records, Ruvalcaba has a prior conviction for burglary.


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