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Ontario police continue hunt for suspect in 2001 slaying

By in Press Enterprise on October 6, 2017

By Gail Wesson

Saturday, Oct. 7, is the 16th anniversary of the slaying of Griselda Sandoval.

After the case was featured on a true crime television show, Ontario police have issued a plea for the public’s help to find her estranged boyfriend, the suspect in the case.

There is a no-bail warrant issued for the arrest of Rodolfo “Rudy” Fernandez, who would be 35 now, according to a news release from Ontario Sgt. Jeff Higbee.

Fernandez, who lived in Riverside in 2001, is accused of “brutally beating and shooting to death” Sandoval, his estranged girlfriend, according to the release. She lived in Pedley, now part of the city of Jurupa Valley.

The suspect was in a jealous rage and stalked Sandoval at a medical office at 59 S. Milliken Ave., where she worked, the release stated. She was killed two weeks before her 20th birthday.

The victim’s car was abandoned in East Los Angeles and found three days after the shooting. The suspect’s godmother lives in the community.

Fernandez is described at 5-foot, 5-inches tall, 130 to 140 pounds, brown eyes, brown short shaved hair and a mustache, with a tattoo on his chest that says “Rudy Jr.” Police say he may have fled to Mexico.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ontario police at 909-986-6711 or Detective Robert Marquez at 909-395-2777. Information may be reported anonymously to WeTip at 800-782-7463 or online at

A Sunday, Oct. 1, segment of “The Hunt with John Walsh,” an original series broadcast on HLN, focused on the 2001 crime.


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