The King City man murdered Tuesday after an intruder entered his residence at 6:30 in the morning and stabbed him to death has now been identified as Roger Anthony Esquivel.
We first reported he was killed when raking leaves in his yard but new information has been gathered, according to the King City Police report, that he was indeed inside his residence reading and drinking coffee, making the crime even more personal and brutal. His wife, Deborah Mills, is a reporter from South County Newspapers, and she is the one who called 911.
When police responded, they found Esquivel suffering from numerous stab wounds and took him to Mee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said police and the murderer is at large. According to Captain Bruce Miller, the victim had no gang ties, but neighbors say that prior police reports state they have frequented the couple’s next door neighbor’s home, where a Hispanic man had numbers of run-ins with the law.
King City police released a sketch of the suspect in the case, and according to KRKC radio, “the suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male about five-foot nine-inches tall, 220 pounds, late 30s to early 40s in age, wearing a newer black black pullover hooded sweatshirt, new creased whit with black plaid shorts to his knees, and new white, unlaced basketball type shoes.”
He was last spotted running toward South Russ Avenue. According to South County Newspapers general manager Tricia Bergeron, an account has been set up to help with funeral expenses and donations are needed. The Robobank account is 9647401400. “I am making a pledge to myself and this community,” said Bergeron. “I will work this case until it gets solved. People will be sick of me talking about it. I will talk to whoever is out there who might know anything.”
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