A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her two young children after breaking into the Riverside home where theyslept was charged today with multiple murder counts that could result in a death sentence if he’s convicted.
Selvin Chajon Rodriguez, 23, is accused in the Aug. 30 slayings of 25-year-old Laura Reveriano, her 4-year-old son, Selvin Chajon Reveriano, and 19-
month-old daughter, Emily Chajon Reveriano.
Along with three counts of murder, Rodriguez is charged with burglary, making criminal threats and a special circumstance allegation of multiple
murders, which makes him eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek capital punishment for Rodriguez, who allegedly broke into the home where Reveriano and her children
were sleeping in the 10400 block of Granger shortly before 7 a.m. and stabbed each of the victims multiple times before fleeing in a green Honda that she had previously reported stolen.
Other occupants of the house called 911 and provided a description of the car and the suspect, who was later spotted by motorists standing next to a car parked on Interstate 15 at the Riverside (91) Freeway transition, blood-stained and wielding a large knife.
Corona police arrived at the interchange a short time later and located Rodriguez in a nearby parking lot, where he allegedly attempted to carjack a woman, who sped away.
Officers chased the assailant and shot him once during the ensuing confrontation, authorities said.
Rodriguez is slated to be arraigned tomorrow, provided he’s medically cleared to leave the hospital.
“The criminal threats charged in this case involve threats Rodriguezmpreviously made to kill the woman … as well as a man he called prior to the
murders,” said district attorney’s spokesman John Hall. ”During the murder investigation, Riverside police detectives found that Rodriguez had possession of (Reveriano’s) cell phone several days before the murders. Police believe that Rodriguez went through (her) contacts … and called the man, threatening to kill him if he did not stay away from her.”
The week of her death, Reveriano obtained a temporary restraining order against the defendant, whom she claimed had repeatedly threatened to kill her if she did not marry him, according to published reports.
The order had been approved by a judge but reportedly had not been processed and served on Rodriguez by the time of the killings.