SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — San Francisco Police on Tuesday announced an arrest in connection with the June 12th murder of a Diamond Heights man after an investigation that lasted more than two months.

Investigators interviewed 45-year-old James Rickleffs of San Francisco Sunday night. Police said he was taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of the murder of 28-year-old Eriq Escalon. Rickleffs is also accused of burglary and a probation violation.

The neighborhood was shocked when Escalon’s body was found bound and gagged in his Diamond Heights Boulevard Apartment in June.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

According to Police Lieutenant Hector Sainez, the two met at a bar and agreed to take a cab together back to Escalon’s apartment.

Sainez said the suspect was on probation for grand theft and that items stolen from Escalon were found in the suspect’s possession.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said that one factor that helped in the investigation was that San Francisco had zero murders for the month of August.

Suhr added that he can’t remember the last time that the city was homicide free for the entire month of August.

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