Homicides: SPPD still seeking tips on whereabouts of Moten, Rodriguez
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Police Department
Published: July 26, 2013
Santa Paula Police are still seeking help from the public in locating two men wanted in connection to recent homicides.
Andres Rene Rodriguez, 28, of Oxnard, is wanted as the suspect in the July 17 shooting death of 33-year-old Angela Bryant of Santa Paula. The woman was shot once in the head following what police believe was an altercation with Rodriguez inside a residence in the 600 block of Ojai Road.
Rodriguez also is wanted in connection with a June shooting in Oxnard that the victim survived. The SPPD and Oxnard Police are sharing information as they both search for Rodriguez, a documented Oxnard street gang member, who has an extensive criminal record in Ventura County dating to 2003 and outstanding warrants on numerous charges.
Rodriguez was released from custody in April under the Post Release Offender Program. Rodriguez is Hispanic, 5’ 7” tall, 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and thick eyebrows. He has numerous tattoos including a large one on his head that contains the letters CoC, identifying his Oxnard gang affiliation. He might be letting his hair grow in to alter his appearance.
Santa Paula Police also want to question Jessie Moten, 19, a suspect in the murder of 24-year-old Joseph Arellano, who was gunned down outside a North 6th Street residence on June 28 in what police believe was a gang-related attack. A documented gang member, Moten is on parole.
Moten, a native of Santa Paula, is Hispanic, 5’ 8” tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has at least one small tattoo next to his eye as well as tattoos on his lower neck, among other body areas. Moten was last reported to have a shaved head that is also tattooed, although police said he might be letting his hair grow in to alter his appearance.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rodriguez or Moten is urged to contact Santa Paula police at 525-4474, ext. 221 (Oxnard Detective Mike Johnson at 385-7645 can also be contacted regarding Rodriguez). If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-4253-1-#. They also can anonymously call the Violent Crimes Hotline at 982-7070.
Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). The caller may remain anonymous and the call is not recorded. Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website, www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and criminal complaint against those responsible for crime.