Victim: Luis Juarez Jaimes Rico, Hispanic male, 21 years of age
Reported date of death: July 28, 2008
Time of incident: 1:09 a.m.
Location: 1900 E. Riverside Dr., La Rumba Night Club., Austin, Texas (insert Google Earth map of this area)
Circumstances: Austin Police officers responded to a disturbance that began inside La Rumba Night Club that resulted in the stabbing death of Luis Juarez Jaimes Rico. Rico was 21 years of age at the time of his death. Rico was transported to Brackenridge Hospital where is was later pronounced dead. The Travis County Medical Examiner has ruled Rico’s death a homicide.
Description of area and history: La Rumba Night Club was primarily known as a Hispanic night club. The area surrounding the night club consisted of various businesses and apartment complexes.
Victimology: 21 year old Mexican immigrant.
Crime scene: Disturbance began inside the night club with victim and unknown Hispanic male, The victim initially sustained a non life threatening injury. The victim and female companion left the night club and walked to their vehicle where the suspect confronted the victim and stabbed him.
Suspect(s): The witness to the stabbing described the suspect as a Hispanic male, with a bald fade haircut, between the ages of 26-30 years.
Vehicle (s): An Austin Police officer who responded to the stabbing location, observed a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. The description of the vehicle was a Blue Kia Spectra, four door.
Investigation: Austin Police Homicide detectives interviewed witnesses and patrons of the night club on the night of the murder and conducted follow ups. A witness to the disturbance inside the bar stated she was familiar with the suspect(s) but detectives believed she was not completely truthful. It is believed that this female knows more about the incident than she was willing to reveal to detectives. The female was taken before a Travis County Grand Jury which was not productive. It is believed Rhonda Martinez may know the identity of the suspect(s) involved in the disturbance with the victim on the night of the murder. A press conference was given by Austin Police, including on the Spanish language station, Univision. (insert video here).
Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information concerning this case to please contact the APD Homicide Cold Case Unit at (512) 974-5270 or Crimestoppers at (512) 472-8477.
The Homicide Cold Case Unit can also be contacted by email.