Estranged husband accused of killing wife faces judge

By Jerry Hume and Stephanie Bechara, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018, 9:48 PM EDT

Alex Olivencia-Alvarado had his first appearance with a judge Monday afternoon. 

Detectives believe Olivencia-Alvarado, 45, shot and killed his estranged wife Michelle Rodriguez Laracuente, 42, on Manoel Silva Street last week in her Kissimmee home.

The judge at the Osceola County Courthouse used a translator to tell Olivencia-Alvarado in Spanish that he was being charged with first-degree premeditated murder and had no bond.

“I have no reason to believe he would not constitute a threat to society,” said the judge.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Olivencia-Alvarado and Laracuente had children together, and the two had a history of domestic violence.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said Olivencia-Alvarado was captured Sunday after a week-long search. Deputies made contact with Olivencia-Alvarado Sunday, and he was charged on a first-degree murder charge.

Olivencia-Alvarado was caught on school grounds at Meadow Woods Middle in Orange County. There were no kids or staff inside the building at the time. Deputies were called over for a burglary and found him.

Parents received this message from the middle school’s principal, Marisol Mendez:

“The school was checked and cleared by law enforcement, the person was taken into custody without incident. Thank you for listening Meadow Woods Middle School Parents.”

He was transported to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and detectives say he cooperated. A firearm was recovered during Olivencia-Alvarado's arrest, deputies stated in a press release.

Jorge Vela, who lives a couple of doors down from where the crime took place, witnessed all the police activity.

“... you just see your neighbor like a normal person,” Vela explained. “You don’t expect anything like that to happen. Especially here.”

Last week on Tuesday, about six schools within Orange County were placed on lockdown as law enforcement searched for Olivencia-Alvarado. Knowing he was apprehended at a school a week later makes Vela, who has two little girls, concerned.

“I worry about stuff like that, even when my kids are not at grade level yet. I am scared that maybe one day I am going to come home to that,” he said.

Vela said he wonders what Olivencia-Alvarado was doing roaming around a school. But he can finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing this suspect was caught, he said.

“I guess we just want peace of mind. We’re all still a little bit nervous about it,” Vela added.

Olivencia-Alvarado is being held at Osceola County Jail on the first-degree murder charge.

Alex A. Olivencia-Alvarado is reportedly not an Orange County Public Schools employee. It is not clear why he was found at the middle school. A warrant will be obtained for the armed burglary charges in Orange County.