Sheriff’s deputies engage in standoff with empty motel room
February 20, 2016
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies cordoned off a Paso Robles Motel 6, shut down a road and spent more than 12 hours on Friday attempting to contact a suspect they claimed was barricaded in the room. However, after deputies broke down the door, they discovered the room was empty.
Detectives are still searching for Richard Anthony Rodriguez, 30, of Nipomo for allegedly shooting at his ex-girlfriend.
On Tuesday, Rodriquez was driving in Nipomo when he pulled up alongside a vehicle with three females inside. Rodriguez then fired a shot at the women in the car, according to the sheriff’s office.
Rodriguez missed the women and fled the scene.
Following Tuesday’s incident, the sheriff’s office advised local law enforcement to be on the lookout for Rodriguez.
Around 3:15 a.m. Friday, Paso Robles police found Rodriguez’s vehicle at Motel 6. Police then identified the motel room in which Rodriguez was staying.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the motel at approximately 4 a.m. The sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail established a perimeter around the motel and evacuated people neighboring the room in which they believed Rodriguez had barricaded himself.
Detectives tried repeatedly to contact Rodriguez, but he did not respond. In the afternoon, the Special Enforcement Detail broke down Rodriguez’s motel room room, and deputies sent in a robot to search the room and the bathroom.
Deputies then realized Rodriguez was not inside. Investigators believe Rodriguez “escaped” prior to sheriff’s deputies arriving at the motel early Friday morning.
Detectives are still searching for Rodriguez. They believe he has not left the county.
Rodriguez is described as 5 foot 9 and 205 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Investigators request that anyone who sees Rodriguez or has information about him call the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4550. Sheriff’s officials say Rodriguez is considered armed and dangerous, and members of the public should not try to contact him.
Get links to weird news stories, like CCN on Facebook.