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Kings Beach man sought for attempted murder on Halloween

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

Kings Beach resident Heriberto Estrada-Rivas is wanted for attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a man three times in a fight outside a Kings Beach Halloween party.

Placer County Sheriffs filed the warrant for Estrada-Rivas’ arrest on Nov. 26, setting bail at a half-million dollars.

But deputies say the suspect fled a few days after the Oct. 31 stabbing.

“We believe that people in Kings Beach know where we can find him and we’re looking for any and all help in bringing this person to justice,” Detective Corie Quillinan said this week.

Authorities described Estrada-Rivas,19, as a 160-pound, 5-6 Latino male. Officers said they don’t believe Estrada-Rivas was living in the United States legally.

When a fight broke out around 11:30 p.m. in the street outside a Trout Avenue residence, Elifonso Aguilar, 28, was stabbed three times with a small “paring-type” knife, once in the arm and twice in the torso, according to Placer authorities.

A Kings Beach resident, Aguilar was transported by Careflight to Reno’s Renown Medical Center, where he underwent surgery the following morning. Officers said Aguilar is still recovering, though he is no longer at the hospital.

Eyewitness statements and several interviews led investigators to suspect Estrada-Rivas as the man involved in the assault, Quillinan said.

Tension between the victim and the suspect had been building for some time, Quillinan said, until a fight broke out between the two on Halloween.

“It was a dispute that had been going on for some time,” she said.

Many people witnessed the incident and gave what officers initially reported as “conflicting” accounts. Identifying a suspect required piecing together several different stories, Quillinan said.

“It’s like putting a puzzle together,” she said. “You get a piece, but it doesn’t make sense until you get other pieces of the puzzle.”

Deputies initially arrested three suspects immediately after the stabbing, but later released them because “the information was conflicting,” Sheriffs Capt. Jeff Granum said in November.

Anyone with information pertaining to Estrada-Rivas’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Placer County Sheriff’s office at 581-6300.