Skip to Content

Salinas man convicted of stabbing fiance to death back in 2021

SALINAS, Calif. (KION- TV) -- Update: March 27, 2023, at 5:13 p.m.- The Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni said that a 61-year-old man was convicted of killing his finance back in Feb of 2021.

Richard Ruiz booking photo.

Richard Ruiz was found guilty of first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon on Monday. He faces a maximum of 26 years to life in the California Department and Rehabilitation at his sentencing hearing on May 18, 2023.

On Feb. 17, Richard Chavez requested a wellness check for his mother Gabriela Guzman, after he had not heard from her in a few days. Ms. Guzman had not shown up for work for two days, and nobody was able to reach her, said Pacioni.

Salinas Police arrived at the 1700 block of Creekbridge and found Ms. Guzman's lifeless body inside her bedroom. Pacioni said she was stabbed six times in the face and neck.

After an extensive investigation, her fiance, Richard Ruiz, was determined to be a person of interest. Ruiz was last at her home in the evening hours of Feb. 13, as seen on security surveillance inside the residence.

Video evidence shows Ruiz walking up the stairs into the bedroom at 3:38 p.m. on Feb. 13. Pacioni said this was the last time Ms. Guzman was seen alive. He is then seen walking up and down the stairs throughout the day.

During one of the last times he is seen, he looks to have showered and is seen in new clothing, per Pacioni. Ruiz left the property and fled to northern California. He was found on Feb. 18 by Salinas Police after a chase from Gilroy ended in Soledad.

Man suspected of killing girlfriend in Salinas has been arrested

Salinas Police have arrested a 59-year-old man suspected of killing his girlfriend at a home on Great Island Street.

Police say Richard Ruiz was located in the Gilroy area and arrested after leading police on a pursuit that ended in Soledad.

59-year-old Richard Ruiz is suspected of killing his girlfriend at home on Great Island Street in Salinas.

Investigators say they were initially attempting to track down Ruiz after his girlfriend was found dead in a home on Great Island Street.

The girlfriend was initially reported missing by concerned family members, who said they had not heard from the 57-year-old woman in several days.

It was then officers located and entered the home after trying to make contact with Ruiz and the girlfriend. Upon entry, they found the missing woman deceased inside.

Ruiz was booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of murder and evading officers.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or email him at: or call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222.

Salinas Police detectives processing the scene at Great Island Street in Salinas in connection to a homicide investigation.


Salinas Police are investigating a homicide. It happened in the 1700 block of Great Island Street Wednesday. Little information is known at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. You can remain anonymous by calling the Salinas Police Department tip line at (831) 775-4222.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Article Topic Follows: Top Stories

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

Max Tarlton

Max Tarlton is a morning anchor at KION News Channel 5/46.

Author Profile Photo

Ricardo Tovar

Assignment/ Web Manager for KION News Channel 5/46 and Telemundo 23


KION 46 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content