A Collier judge denied bond Monday to an Immokalee man accused of stabbing and killing his son-in-law during a disturbance Saturday morning.
Adam Rocha Robles, 55, appeared before a judge and didn’t speak during a brief first appearance Monday. The State Attorney’s Office asked for Rocha Robles to be held without bond, a request granted by Collier County Judge Eugene Turner.
Sheriff’s deputies issued a warrant for a second-degree murder charge after they said Rocha Robles killed his daughter’s 26-year-old husband, Alvaro Nava Gachuz, and fled from their Sanders Pine Circle apartment.
In an incident report, deputies said Nava Gachuz and his wife, Amy, were in their bedroom when Nava Gachuz got up to use the bathroom. Nava Gachuz suddenly started yelling her name, and Rocha Robles went into his daughter’s room, holding a knife to her stomach and saying, “You ruined my life, now I am going to ruin yours,” the report said.
Rocha Robles then fled through a back door without seriously injuring his daughter, the report said. He couldn’t be found using K-9 and aviation units searching the area.
Minutes after the disturbance, deputies broke through the door of a locked bathroom and found Nava Gachuz lying face-down, covered in blood, the report said. A medic told deputies that Nava Gachuz had been stabbed near the heart.
On Sunday morning, Rocha Robles surrendered to deputies at the Sheriff’s Office’s Immokalee substation. Rocha Robles spent the night in Immokalee with family, admitting to the killing and apologizing to Amy, his brother said Sunday afternoon.
Rocha Robles and Nava Gachuz regularly argued over the treatment of Amy’s children, family members of both men said. Children were present at the apartment, but the report doesn’t list how many.
Rocha Robles had a key and was allowed into the apartment, his daughter told deputies.