• Angel Ruelas Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Grisly Pacific Grove Murder of Kristopher Olinger in 1997

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced July 2 that Angel Ruelas, age 33 and a resident of Soledad, was sentenced by Judge Mark E. Hood to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of 17-year-old Kristopher Olinger in 1997.
    Ruelas committed premeditated first-degree murder by killing Kristopher Olinger, aged 17, after carjacking and kidnapping the Monterey High School senior. In September of 1997, Kris was on a class assignment taking photographs of the Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove when he was carjacked, kidnapped, robbed and then stabbed 23 times. Kris was still alive despite his severe injuries when his assailants tossed him over a cliff in Pacific Grove. Kris managed to climb up the cliff only to die in the adjoining dirt turnout. On September 30, 1997, law enforcement officials located Kris Olinger’s vehicle in San Jose. There were no known suspects at that time.
    In 2005, investigators received information through the California Department of Justice Automated Palm Print System that prints recovered from the victim’s vehicle matched Angel Ruelas. Subsequent investigation led to eye-witnesses to the murder.
    In August of 2006, the Grand Jury of Monterey County indicted Angel Ruelas on charges of special circumstance murder, carjacking, and kidnapping. At the time of Angel Ruelas’ arrest he was serving a 15-year sentence for subsequent armed carjacking and robbery offenses he committed in 1998.
    Angel Ruelas pled guilty to special circumstances murder, kidnapping and carjacking with gang and weapon enhancements on April 24, 2013.

    At the sentencing hearing the victim’s brother and victim’s best friend spoke in support of the sentence.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 2, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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