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Artesia police seek Clovis man for battery and December burglary

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The Artesia police have said that a bloody tennis shoe left at the scene of a robbery and battery crime in late December has led to a warrant for the arrest of a Clovis man.

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Gonzalo Rodriguez, 25, is charged with aggravated burglary, a second-class felony; two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, which are third-class felonies; and a misdemeanor charge of larceny for an item valued at less than $250 after an investigation by the Artesia Police Department allegedly has linked Rodriguez’s DNA to that found on the tennis shoe at the crime scene.

The Eddy County Magistrate Court in Artesia issued a warrant May 8, and police have launched a search for Rodriguez, who is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 160 pounds with brown eyes. He also is said to have a heart tattoo on his upper right arm.

According to the criminal complaint filed with the court, police allege that Rodriguez was the relative of a person who had been pet sitting for an Artesia couple. When the couple arrived home Dec. 24 after being out of town for several days, they found a man later identified as Rodriguez in their master bedroom.

The court papers state that a wrestling match ensued and that Rodriguez stabbed the woman in the arm and the man in the hand with a knife with what was believed to have been taken from the home. As the suspect was leaving the house, the documents state, the woman grabbed his flashlight and tennis shoe.

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Later tests on the blood on the shoe found a match to Gonzalo Rodriguez in a state database and a DNA sample obtained from Rodriguez was determined to match the blood found on the shoe, according to the criminal complaint.

Anyone who has seen Rodriguez is asked to contact the Artesia Police Department at 575-746-5000 or Eddy County Crime Stoppers at 575-887-1888.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.