A convicted felon accused of stabbing a 34-year-old man to death during a street confrontation in east Riverside pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder.
Ray Augustine Salcido, 36, of Riverside allegedly killed Ruben Delapaz, also of Riverside, on the night of Sept. 17.
Along with murder, Salcido is charged with using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and committing a violent crime within five years of parole from state prison.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Jan. 6 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and ordered the defendant held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
Salcido was apprehended on Oct. 15 in Lodi, where he fled after the deadly assault, according to Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department.
Railsback said that at about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, Salcido and the victim were involved in an unspecified dispute near the intersection of Third and Vine streets. During the confrontation, the defendant pulled a knife and plunged it into Delapaz’s neck, the police spokesman alleged.
Witnesses called 911, and patrol officers and paramedics reached the location within a few minutes, attempting life-saving measures on the victim, but he died at the scene minutes later, Railsback said.
Detectives soon developed leads pointing to Salcido as the alleged assailant, and with assistance from U.S. Marshals, they picked up his trail in Northern California, according to Railsback.
Salcido was located at a residence in Lodi, where he was taken into custody without incident.
According to court records, he has prior convictions for spousal abuse and robbery.