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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

James Rickleffs Accused of Murdering Local Hairdresser Eriq Escalon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

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San Francisco police have arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of gagging and murdering Eriq Escalon after the two met at a bar in the Castro earlier this summer.

Police on Tuesday announced that they had 45-year-old James Rickleffs in custody, and have charged him with the June murder of Escalon. On June 12 about 6 p.m., Escalon, a 28-year-old hairdresser, was found inside his apartment bound, gagged, and dead. His apartment had also been burglarized, police said.

A few weeks later, police handed out flyers in the neighborhood, saying they were looking for a man who was possibly seen carrying a

flat-screen television near Escalon's Diamond Heights apartment around

the time of his death.

Evidence found during the investigation led police to Rickleffs, who was interviewed Sunday evening by San Francisco Police Homicide investigators. After talking with Rickleffs, who was in possession of Escalon's property, police arrested him and booked him into county jail on a murder charge related to the death of Escalon.

Homicide investigators are still is seeking the public's help on this case. Anyone who recognizes Rickleffs or has information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Scott Warnke, or Inspectors Daniel Dedet, Kevin Jones, or Robert Valverde at the Homicide Unit, 553-1145 or after hours at 553-1071. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling the anonymous tip line at 575-4444, or Text-a-Tip to TIP411.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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