Archive » April 30, 2009
POLICE LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECTS
By SYVJ Staff
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives need the public’s help in identifying an accomplice in connection to a shooting at Old Mission Santa Ines on Sunday evening.
The suspect and an unidentified female accomplice were being sought by police as of April 29.
The shooting took place shortly after 7 p.m. April 26.
Deputies responded to the mission after receiving a call about a shooting on the premises.
An unidentified 32-year-old Solvang man was shot twice and was treated at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital for non-life threatening wounds to his knee and arm.
The victim’s name has not been released because of the ongoing investigation.
Detectives believe the victim was lured to the parking lot by a female accomplice as part of a plan to rob the victim, according to a Sherriff’s Department news release.
Detectives have learned that the victim met up with his assailants Sunday afternoon in a pizza restaurant in the 400 block of Alisal Road.
The male suspect in the shooting has been identified as 38-year-old Eddie Rojo. Rojo’s city of residence is unknown, but he is believed to have Solvang ties.
His female accomplice, an unidentified female, is described as being Caucasian, with a light complexion, between 22 and 25 years of age, with blue or green eyes and reddish brown hair.
She allegedly lured the victim to the parking lot where Rojo attempted to rob him.
The shooting occurred during the robbery, and the two suspects then fled without any money from the victim.
Sheriff’s spokesman Drew Sugars would not release information about prior arrests or convictions on Rojo’s law enforcement record, citing department policy.
The date of the Sheriff’s Department booking photograph released for him was not available.
It’s not clear whether Rojo, the victim, and the female accomplice were acquainted prior to the Sunday afternoon at the restaurant.
The shooting is thought to be the first such incident this year in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. The victim has been released from Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. As of 3 p.m. on April 29, there had been no further details regarding the whereabouts of the suspects, but sheriff’s personnel were investigating all available leads.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspects, or the identity of the woman, is urged to contact Sheriff’s Detectives at 805-686-5006 or the Department’s Anonymous Tipline at 805-681-4171.