Transient Jailed for Allegedly Killing Man by Pushing Him in Path of Train

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
January 5, 2022Updated: January 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO—A transient was arrested Jan. 4 on suspicion of killing a 68-year-old man without provocation on New Year’s Day by pushing him into the path of an oncoming train at Old Town Transit Center.

Ryan Michael Rukstelis, 26, was taken into custody in the 2200 block of Park Boulevard in Balboa Park shortly after 3 p.m., according to the San Diego Police Department.

Rukstelis and the victim, Martin Andara of Santee, had just gotten off a southbound trolley at the Taylor Street depot at about 6:15 a.m. Jan. 1 when the suspect allegedly shoved the older man off the boarding platform and then fled, San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Andara fell into the side of a passing train, suffering fatal injuries. He died at the scene.

Police didn’t disclose what led detectives to identify Rukstelis, who has no permanent home address, as Andara’s alleged killer.

Rukstelis was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Jan. 6.