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Riverside man charged in killings of ex-girlfriend, children

September 5, 2012 |  6:46 pm

A Riverside man has been charged with murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and two children

A Riverside man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and their two young children last week was charged with murder Wednesday, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office.

Selvin Chajon Rodriguez, 23, is being held in a jail ward in a Riverside hospital, where he is in stable condition after being shot by police, officials said.

Investigators believe Rodriguez killed his ex-girlfriend, Laura Reveriano, 25, because she rejected his marriage proposal, based on a restraining order filed days before the deaths. Early Thursday, Reveriano and her children, Selvin Chajon, 4, and Emily Chajon, 1, were found stabbed in her home on a quiet cul-de-sac in west Riverside.

Rodriguez, 23, was found minutes later, with bloody hands, walking along the 91 Freeway and carrying a knife, police said. He was later seen in a business complex parking lot near the freeway trying to carjack a vehicle, officials said.

Rodriguez was shot by a Corona police officer during a foot chase and was taken to a nearby hospital.  

Rodriguez faces three counts of murder, two counts of assault of a child causing death, two counts of making criminal threats and one count each of attempted carjacking, burglary and vehicle theft, according to a statement issued by John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

Rodriguez could be eligible for the death penalty because of a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, according to the statement.

He is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice, officials said.

Rodriguez called Reveriano repeatedly and sent her a constant stream of threatening text messages, Reveriano wrote in a request for a domestic violence restraining order filed last week in a Riverside court.

“Selvin called and told me he would follow me to the end of the earth and he would kill the kids if they are not with him and there would be nowhere I could hide,” Reveriano wrote.

A Riverside County judge granted the temporary restraining order Aug. 28, saying Rodriguez had to stay at least 100 yards away from Reveriano and her children and could not contact them, according to court papers.  

Two days later, Reveriano and her children were found dead.


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Photo: A police officer walks past the house in Riverside where a mother and her two children were stabbed to death last week. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times