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Man arrested after allegedly shooting at vehicle


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A Roswell man who allegedly fired two rounds at a vehicle in which three children were passengers was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant.

Alfonso Rodriguez (Submitted Photo)

Police found and arrested Alfonso Rodriguez, 22, Thursday at a 200 block of Poplar Avenue residence. Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said Monday officers went to the residence after learning that Rodriguez was at the address. He was taken into custody without incident.

An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 13 for Rodriguez on one count of criminal damage to property, over $1,000; as well as two counts each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, no great bodily harm; and conspiracy to commit shooting at or from a motor vehicle, no great bodily harm, according to electronic court records.

Rodriguez is also charged with three counts each of aggravated assault, deadly weapon; conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, deadly weapon; abuse of a child, does not result in death or great bodily harm; and conspiracy to commit abuse of a child, no great bodily harm.

Two women were allegedly with Rodriguez at the time, one of whom was Chastity Ledesma, 20, of Roswell, who was arrested Dec. 14 on charges related to the same incident.

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Court documents state Ledesma and Rodriguez were riding in a gold 2006 Pontiac Torrent SUV Dec. 13 at about 1:11 p.m. in the area of North Garden Avenue and Swinging Spear Road, when Rodriguez allegedly fired a handgun twice at a vehicle that was following and then trying to pass them.

A woman who was in the vehicle struck by gunfire said she was following the Torrent in an attempt to get back a debit card that was accidentally taken from a friend.

Court documents state the witness said the Torrent began driving recklessly by going through stop signs and traveling at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the vehicle following the Torrent said to avoid any more conflict, she tried passing Ledesma and Rodriguez on the left and when she did, she allegedly heard a gunshot.

Once the vehicle pulled in front of the Torrent, court records state, the Torrent rammed into the back right side of the other vehicle, causing it to cut left.

The vehicle that was fired upon then came to a halt in the middle of the road and Ledesma and Rodriguez reportedly pulled up to the left of the vehicle and began shouting.

When Ledesma slowly pulled away, court documents state, Rodriguez reportedly leaned out the passenger window with a black handgun and fired another round at the other vehicle, striking its radiator and causing liquid to pour out.

Ledesma and Rodriguez then sped away.

Judge E.J. Fouratt set bond for Rodriguez at $50,000 cash or surety Friday during a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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