Cops look for armed shooting suspect

Grand Junction police obtained a warrant Thursday for a convicted felon believed to have shot another man multiple times outside the victim’s apartment last weekend.

Robert Roy Rodriguez, 22, is wanted on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a 35-year-old man at the Chateau Apartments, 1300 N. 21st St., early Sunday morning. Police said Rodriguez should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police have released few details about the shooting. The arrest affidavit in the case is sealed.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said Rodriguez is a Grand Junction resident who was acquainted with the victim. She declined to elaborate on the relationship. Detectives have not determined a motive for the shooting.

“(Rodriguez) is our only suspect,” Porras said.

She said the victim, whose identity has not been released by authorities, is alive and remains hospitalized, but she declined to characterize his condition.

Multiple residents of the Chateau Apartments have identified the victim as Shane “Billy”
Young, a resident of the apartment complex who moved into a third-floor unit last fall.

Rodriguez was released from a state prison on intensive supervised parole on March 6 after serving less than three years of a four-year sentence for theft, Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brandie Vansickle said. She said Rodriguez absconded from his parole May 27,  four days prior to the shooting, which could mean he violated his parole or failed to report to his parole officer. She said she didn’t have further details.

Rodriguez was sentenced to prison in October 2006 for stealing the title of a 1994 Jeep Cherokee, forging his name on the car title and selling the car to another person, according to court records obtained by The Daily Sentinel.

At the time he was sentenced, he was serving two years on probation for stealing more than $600 in merchandise from a Grand Junction Wal-Mart in March 2006, records show.

He was arrested in May 2006 on suspicion he stole his mother’s car. He was found in Washington state with the car and was extradited back to Mesa County. The case later was dismissed.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show Rodriguez was arrested in Mesa County in 2003 and 2004 on charges including possession of a weapon by a previous juvenile offender, possession of a dangerous weapon, and having a concealed weapon.


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