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UPDATE: Grandson charged with arson and murder in Sioux Co. jail

UPDATE: Grandson charged with arson and murder in Rock Valley Fire

UPDATE 11/21/2017:

Santos Rodriguez, Jr, 19, is in Sioux County jail charged with Murder in the First Degree and Arson in the First Degree.

Authorities say Rodriguez made admissions to stabbing his grandfather , Luis Luevenos, and intentionally setting the house on fire.

Rodriguez was arrested in Utah and was waiting extradition back to Iowa.

Rock Valley Police Chief Monte Warburton says that Santos Rodriguez Jr. is currently at the Sioux County Jail in Orange City, Iowa.

He was transported there by officers and arrived after midnight this morning.


UPDATE: The death of a 84 year old Rock Valley Man in a fire last month has lead to the arrest of his grandson.

An investigation was initiated by the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Rock Valley Police Department in consultation with the Sioux County Attorney.

The Iowa DCI was also contacted and special agents were brought in to assist in the investigation.

The investigation revealed that Luis Luevenos, suffered multiple stab wounds to the body prior to the fire.

Investigators learned that Santos Rodriguez Jr., 19, 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 with Rodriguez.

Authorities say Rodriguez made admissions to stabbing his grandfather and intentionally setting the fire afterwards.

Rodriguez was arrested November 8th in Utah on warrants stemming from charges issued by the Rock Valley Police Department.

He was charged with Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony, and Arson in the First Degree, a class B felony.

Rodriguez is currently in custody in Utah and awaiting extradition back to Iowa with bond set at $1,000,000.

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


Previous Story:

On Sunday morning, just before 2:30 a.m., the Rock Valley Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire that occurred at 1416 15th Street in Rock Valley, IA.

On arrival, responders discovered a portion of the house was fully engulfed by fire and were told there was someone still inside.

Firefighters gained entry to the residence, extinguished the fire and discovered a deceased man inside.

Luis Leuvanos, age 84, of Rock Valley was identified as the deceased man.

The Rock Valley Fire Department was assisted by the Hull Fire Department, Rock Valley Ambulance, Rock Valley Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Rock Valley Fire Chief and the Iowa State Fire Marshal.

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