|For Immediate Release
Case # 11NF3721
December 21, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
DEFENDANT TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING MAN AFTER FIGHT OVER SEX
SANTA ANA – A defendant will be arraigned tomorrow for murdering a man after a fight over the victim’s attempted initiation of a sexual relationship. Edgar Salvador Luciozamudio, 22, Buena Park, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a continued arraignment tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
Prior to Dec. 14, 2011, Luciozamudio is accused of being friendly with 47-year-old Ricardo Rios for approximately one month. On Dec. 14, 2011, the defendant is accused of being with the victim in a detached garage, where Rios lived.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., Luciozamudio is accused of getting into a physical fight with Rios after he refused the victim’s attempt to initiate a sexual act. The victim then threw a cement block at Luciozamudio’s car. The defendant is accused of attacking Rios and punching him repeatedly, breaking the victim’s jaw, nose, orbital bone, and several ribs.
Luciozamudio is accused of fleeing the scene and calling 911 shortly thereafter to report that Rios may need medical assistance. The victim died as a result of his injuries.
The Buena Park Police Department investigated this case. Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.