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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, May 21, 2021

Bond Set at $3 Million for Man Accused of Stabbing Girlfriend to Death

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Villa Park Chief of Police Michael Rivas announced today that a Villa Park man has been charged with the murder of his live-in girlfriend and mother of his three children, Esmeralda DeLuna, 24. Marco-Antonio Rubio, 25 (d.o.b. 7/4/1995) of the 300 block of N. Princeton Drive, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $3 million with 10% to apply. Rubio has been charged with two counts of First-Degree Murder.

On May 19, 2021, at approximately 9:25 p.m., Villa Park police officers responded to the Princeton Drive address for a disturbance. Upon their arrival, officers knocked on the door and heard crying coming from inside. Officers entered the residence and located two female children between three and six years old and a male child approximately one year old. Officers also found a trail of blood in the living room that led to the victim lying in the kitchen with an eight-inch butcher knife in her leg and apparent stab wounds to her torso. The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical attention where she was pronounced deceased early the following morning. On May 7, 2021, Rubio was served with an Order of Protection against him with Esmeralda DeLuna named as the petitioner. With the Order of Protection in effect, Rubio had moved out of the Princeton address home. It is alleged that Rubio violated the Order of Protection against him and went to the Princeton address. It is further alleged that upon his arrival, Rubio broke into the home and stabbed DeLuna multiple times in the torso and in one of her legs. It is further alleged that after the attack, Rubio fled the scene. An investigation into the murder led authorities to Rubio who was taken into custody early the following morning while walking near Harvard Avenue and Elm Street in Villa Park.    

“Two nights ago, Esmeralda DeLuna’s life was taken from her, allegedly by the hands of her live-in boyfriend and father of their three children, Marco Rubio,” Berlin said. “Sadly, the charges filed against Mr. Rubio mark the second time this week my office has filed First-Degree-Murder charges as a result of escalating domestic violence. I offer my sincerest condolences to Esmeralda’s family and friends as they attempt to come to terms with this senseless crime and tremendous loss. I would like to thank the Villa Park Police Department for their outstanding work in identifying and locating the defendant in this case. I would also like to thank members of DuPage M.E.R.I.T. as well as Assistant State’s Attorneys Louisa Nuckolls, Kathleen Rowe and Elizabeth Romano, all of whom have worked tirelessly the past two days on this case.”

“Domestic violence takes a little piece away from all of us in the community, Rivas Said. “Our thoughts are with the domestic violence victim, Ms. DeLuna, her beautiful children, and everyone dealing with this tragic loss. I would like to thank the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, investigators from DuPage M.E.R.I.T. Major Crimes and Forensic Investigations Unit, and the men and women of the Villa Park Police Department for their assistance in bringing about a successful outcome. We are also fully appreciative for the vigilance of our citizens in Villa Park. No one was going to have a moments rest until the suspect was taken into custody.”

Rubio’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 24, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge O’Hallaren Walsh.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.