Iowa Department of Public Safety
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For immediate release:  
November 10, 2017  

Grandson Arrested in
Rock Valley Man's Death

-- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Rock Valley Police Department. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.


1302 Main Street
Rock Valley, Iowa  51247

Chief of Police                                                                                   Phone: 712-476-5716
Monte Warburton                                                                                Fax: 712-476-2502                                                                      

Press Release 11-10-17

On October 29, 2017, at approximately 02:24 a.m., the Rock Valley Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire that occurred at 1416 15th St. in Rock Valley, IA.

Upon arriving at the address, responders discovered a portion of the house was fully engulfed by fire and were told there was someone still inside.  Firefighters gained entry to the residence, extinguished the fire and discovered a deceased male inside.

Luis Luevanos, age 84, of Rock Valley was identified as the deceased male in the residence.

As a result of the death connected to the fire, an investigation was initiated by the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Rock Valley Police Department in consultation with the Sioux County Attorney.   The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was also contacted and special agents were brought in to assist in the investigation. 

The investigation revealed that the deceased, Luis Luevenos, suffered multiple stab wounds to the body prior to the fire.

Investigators learned that Santos Rodriguez Jr., age 19, a grandson of Luis Luevenos, who also resided in the same home had travelled to Utah after the fire.  DCI Agents traveled to Utah and conducted an interview of Santos Rodriguez Jr.  Santos Rodriguez Jr. made admissions to stabbing his grandfather and intentionally setting the fire afterwards. 

Santos Rodriguez Jr. was arrested November 8, 2017, in Utah on warrants stemming from charges issued by the Rock Valley Police Department.  Santos Rodriguez Jr. was charged with Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony, and Arson in the First Degree, a class B felony.  Santos Rodriguez Jr. is currently in custody in Utah and awaiting extradition back to Iowa with bond set at $1,000,000.

A Criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is on-going and anyone having information related to the fire is encouraged to contact the Rock Valley Police Department. 

In addition to the press release, the family of the deceased is asking for your cooperation in respecting their privacy while they deal with this tragic situation.

Media POC:  Chief of Police Monte Warburton 712-476-5716

Santos Rodriguez Jr. Booking Photo

             Santos Rodriguez Jr. booking photo


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