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LAPD’s Most Wanted Captured Living Under Assumed Identity After Seeing Him on FaceBook

November 15, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The Los Angeles fugitive wanted in connection with four killings and considered one of the LAPD’s most wanted has been apprehended after 12 years on the lam, federal authorities announced.

Eduardo Rodriguez, 35, was captured by U.S. marshals on Thursday in Riverside,  California, where he had been living under another identity for five years. He has been wanted by the LAPD since 2003.

Rodriguez was believed to be second in command of the Toonerville street gang at the time of the indictment in 2003 on four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

He worked under the name Timothy McGhee, who has since been convicted of three murders but is also believed to have murdered at least a dozen more people.

Rodriguez was wanted for the 2001 shooting death of Margie Mendoza, 26, a mother of three who was shot multiple times in Atwater Village while sitting in her boyfriend’s car.

Police said Rodriguez had been living under an assumed identity and had been working as a carpenter in Riverside, California and had a fiancee.

He reportedly visited Las Vegas and the Griffith Observatory, while going unnoticed, said U.S. Marshal’s Service Deputy Laura Vega.

Rodriguez had twice been questioned by police in connection with homicides but was released for insufficient evidence.

However, when the indictment was handed down, Rodriguez took off.

Los Angeles police lost his trail and believed he had fled into Mexico.

The cold case heated up last year, when, according to Vega, Glendale police asked LAPD detectives if they could try and find Rodriguez because of their familiarity with Toonerville gang members and their associates.

The Toonerville gang claims Glendale, northeast Los Angeles and Tujunga as it territory.

According to Vega, a Glendale detectives, who had been on light duty due to an injury, discovered Rodriguez’s picture through one of his associates’ Facebook page.

Then tracked Rodriguez’s images to his fiancee’s Facebook account and traced him to the Riverside address and began surveilling the house.

On Thursday evening, when Rodriguez left for work, that’s when authorities closed in.

“You could see that moment when he knew what it was about and he just gave up,” Vega said. “He saw the cars, he gets his hands up…he still had his tattoos.”

Neither Rodriguez’s fiancee nor her family had any idea he was a wanted man, Vega said. “She seemed genuinely pretty shocked.”

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