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Felon accused of fatally stabbing trucker in Lake Elsinore arraigned

 

Last updated 5/3/2019 at 3:17pm

California Highway Patrol

Vanessa Michelle Ruvalcaba, 23, of Riverside was arrested last month after allegedly killing Hosbaldo Davila Jr. of San Bernardino.

MURRIETA - A convicted felon accused of fatally stabbing a 32-year-old trucker parked alongside Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore pleaded not guilty to murder on Friday, May 3.

Vanessa Michelle Ruvalcaba, 23, of Riverside was arrested last month after allegedly killing Hosbaldo Davila Jr. of San Bernardino.

Along with the murder count, Ruvalcaba is charged with a sentence-enhancing weapon allegation for use of a knife.

She was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for May 20 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

The defendant is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the alleged attack happened about 7 a.m. on April 20, along the shoulder of southbound I-15, near Main Street.

Ruvalcaba was in the cab of the truck, which did not have a trailer attached, when she stabbed the victim, Officer Mike Lassig alleged.

He said that witnesses saw the defendant running away from the rig and became suspicious that she had committed a crime, prompting several calls to 911.

CHP officers and Riverside County sheriff's deputies arrived within a couple of minutes and detained the probationer not far from the truck, according to Lassig.

Davila was found inside the vehicle, unconscious and severely wounded, Lassig said. Paramedics pronounced him dead a few minutes later.

A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed, and it was unclear whether the victim and defendant knew one another.

According to court records, Ruvalcaba has a prior conviction for burglary, resulting in a three-year sentence of probation.

 

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