An illegal immigrant from Guatemala, who has been deported twice, was arrested Tuesday, July 16, in connection with the murders of an Iowa woman and her two children.
Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, was detained after he allegedly shot the family with which he lived in Des Moines, Iowa, then called 911 on himself. Orellana is the suspect in the murder of Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, 29, and her two children, Ever Jose Mejia-Flores, 5, and Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores, 11, AP NEWS reported.
Orellana was convicted of illegal entry and deported in both 2010 and 2011. He crossed the border around Laredo, Texas, was sentenced to 15 days in prison and ordered not to return — a command by which he did not abide, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer confirmed with AP.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Orellana allegedly killed the family after an argument ensued in their shared home. Later, he dialed 911 and allegedly fabricated a story about Rodriguez killing two children, saying that he had to kill her in self-defense.
Investigators are uncertain about why the murders occurred, but they didn’t Orellana’s story.
Des Moines Police Spokesman Paul Parizek said, “The community wants to know why this happened, particularly the two precious little kids and the sad part is we may never know why.”
He was booked in the Polk County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder, authorities say. His bail is set at $3 million.
He gave deputies a fake name —Marvin Esquivel Lopez — in the hope of avoiding deportation.
On Wednesday, July 17, ICE filed an arrest warrant for Orellana, and he could face up to 20 years in prison for disobeying the do-not-enter order issued in 2011.