No bail set for trolley murder suspect
by NEAL PUTNAM
Published - 01/08/22 - 08:30 AM | 1712 views | 5 5 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
No bail was set Friday for a man suspected of murder when he allegedly pushed a man to his death in front of a train Jan. 1 at the Old Town Trolley station.

“It was a random, unprovoked attack on a 68-year-old man on his way to work,” said Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello to the judge.

Martin Andara, 68, was going to work at a Ralphs grocery store at 6:15 a.m. when Ryan Michael Rukstelis, 26, allegedly shoved him into the path of the trolley.

Andara had trauma to his upper body and was declared deceased at 6:23 a.m. by San Diego Police officers. The incident was captured on trolley security cameras.

Police arrested Rukstelis without incident in the 2200 block of Park Boulevard on Jan. 4. Police said he did not have a permanent address.

Rukstelis pleaded not guilty to a murder charge before San Diego Superior Court Judge Joseph Brannigan. His attorney said he would make no argument on bail for now.

A June 8 preliminary hearing was set along with a March 2 status conference.

Rukstelis’ lawyer asked Brannigan if he could recommend that he be moved from the central jail to the George Bailey Detention Facility. The judge said he could ask the sheriff if that could be done.

The Old Town Trolley Station is located just past Rosecrans Street and Pacific Highway and is a major hub where people can pick up rides on buses and trolley trains to most of San Diego locations.

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