Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Charging Document Reveals Bell Springs Murder Suspect Used Glock and Possessed Cocaine During Commission of the Crime

Oscar Alvarez Ruiz [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

Criminal charges have been filed against Oscar Alvarez Ruiz, the Rohnert Park man who stands accused of murdering 27-year-old Edgar Alejandro Becerra-Almaraz on a Laytonville cannabis farm on July 23, 2021.

A criminal complaint submitted by Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster reveals that Ruiz has been formally charged with murder and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm.

Regarding the charge of felony murder, Ruiz stands accused of “unlawfully, with deliberation, and with malice aforethought” murdering Edgar Becerra-Alamraz. Two special allegation charges stem from the murder charge involving Ruiz’s alleged use of a .40 caliber Glock model 22 handgun to killBecerra-Almaraz.

The complaint also revealed that Ruiz was reportedly in possession of cocaine during the commission of the crime, hence the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm.

Helicopter at the scene of the shooting on Bell Springs Road. [Photo by Jacob Whitney]

In the early morning of July 23, 2021, shots were reported near the 59000 block of Bell Springs Road and a neighbor, checking out the situation, found Becerra-Almaraz dead. MCSO’s Captain Greg Van Patten told us the day of the crime Ruiz was taken into custody after a land and air search of the property. A helicopter crew was able to successfully spot Ruiz from the air and hold him at gunpoint until ground forces converged on his location. The search for Ruiz also resulted in a deputy being injured.

It is important to note that these charges against Ruiz have not been proven in a court of law and any person charged with a crime should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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