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Man sought for 4 killings captured in California

Eduardo Rodriguez


CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - A fugitive wanted on murder charges in four Los Angeles killings has been captured after a detective spotted his photo on Facebook and tracked him down to a Riverside, Calif. home where he'd been living under a false identity, authorities said Friday.

Eduardo Rodriguez, 35, was arrested by U.S. marshals Thursday in Riverside, where he had lived under an assumed name for five years, visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas without being noticed, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The street gang leader was indicted in 2003 on four counts of murder, including a 2001 shooting that killed Margie Mendoza, a 26-year-old mother of three who was gunned down while sitting in her boyfriend's car.

Rodriguez was second in command of the Toonerville street gang, which claims Glendale, northeast Los Angeles and Tujunga as its territory.

Last year, Glendale police asked Los Angeles detectives if they could try to find Rodriguez given their familiarity with the gang, said Laura Vega of the U.S. Marshals Service. A Glendale detective spotted Rodriguez's photo on his associates' Facebook accounts and Rodriguez was tracked through photos on his fiancee's account.

After watching a house for some time, authorities closed in Thursday night.

"You could see that moment when he knew what it was about and he just gave up," Vega said.

She said Rodriguez worked as a carpenter and his fiancee didn't know he was wanted by authorities.

"She seemed genuinely pretty shocked," Vega said.