Bryant: False alarm in reported sighting of Rodriguez at Camarillo drug store
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 06, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies responded Sunday evening to a report that a man wanted in a Santa Paula murder was at a Camarillo drugstore, but after rushing to the scene found it was a false alarm.
The VCSD received a report September 1 at about 6:45 p.m. that Andres Rene Rodriguez, 28 of Oxnard, was seen outside a Camarillo CVS drugstore at the Central Plaza Shopping Center at Arneill Road and Ponderosa Drive. Rodriguez has been sought since he was identified as the suspect in the July 17 murder of 33-year-old Angela Bryant of Santa Paula, who Rodriguez allegedly shot down at the home of a mutual friend.
Rodriguez, a documented member of an Oxnard gang who is considered armed and dangerous, is also wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Oxnard that occurred prior to Bryant’s death. Oxnard Police had received information that an individual matching Rodriguez’s description -— particularly his heavily tattooed head — was outside the CVS, information that was passed on to the VCSD.
Four patrol cars responded to the 700 block of Arneill Road and deputies sealed off the parking lot. The VCSD helicopter, already in the area on another incident, was also summoned to the scene.
Further investigation revealed that the individual believed to be Rodriguez was a different person with similar gang tattoos on his head, although not in the same place as Rodriguez’s markings, which denote his Oxnard street gang. Also being sought in the Bryant homicide is Melissa Salazar, 35, of Santa Paula — also known to reside in Oxnard and Ventura — who is reportedly Rodriguez’s girlfriend.
Rodriquez is one of four suspects being sought by Santa Paula Police in three separate homicides. The city has offered a “first come first served” $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the first suspect reported.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Paula Police Department, 525-4474. If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD direct recorded Tip Hotline, 933-5691. In addition, residents can email tips to the SPPD at email@example.com.
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.