Rock Valley Murder, Arson Charges

Murder and arson charges have been filed against a Rock Valley man in connection with the death of his grandfather in October.

Nineteen-year-old Santos Rodriguez, Junior, has been formally charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson. Investigators allege Rodriguez admitted to stabbing his grandfather… 84-year-old Luis Luevanos… then intentionally setting the fire. The body of Leuvanos was discovered by authorities after responding to a report of a fire inside the residence.

Rodriguez allegedly fled to Utah after setting the fire. He was arrested in early November in Utah and has been returned to Iowa. He is scheduled to be arraigned next Monday in Sioux County District Court.