SoCal: Suspect of a Jurupa Valley Murder in May Arrested in Phoenix


August Nielsen was arrested near Phoenix, Arizona on suspicion of murdering 40-year-old, Michael Reynos on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Jurupa Valley Police responded to the 6700 block of Pedley Road at 3:30 am that morning, where an abandoned trailer was engulfed in flames. After the fire was extinguished, the charred remains of an adult male were discovered inside.

Coroner’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. An autopsy of the remains in conjunction with an examination of the scene suggested the adult male; later identified as was the victim of a homicide. Based on the findings, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the investigation.

In the months that followed, Sheriff’s investigators identified 37-year-old Nielsen as a suspect in the homicide of Reynoso. Nielsen’s whereabouts were unknown and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On October 4, 2018, the Desert Hawk Violent Crime Task Force, with the assistance of the Inland Regional Apprehension Team, located and arrested Nielsen. Nielsen is currently held in a Maricopa county correctional facility awaiting extradition to Riverside county. He is held on $1,000,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at the Central Homicide Unit by calling (951) 955-2777.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department

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