A 25-year-old Indio man was charged with murder Friday in the shooting death of a woman found dead in her home.
The body was discovered around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday in a home at 38555 Rancho Los Coyotes Drive, said Indio police spokesman Benjamin Guitron. He said the woman — identified by coroner’s officials on Thursday as Angela Struzas, 32 — had been shot multiple times and that a resident of the home made the initial call to police.
Investigators later arrested two Indio residents. Johnny Jose Rodriguez, 25, was taken into custody around 2 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of murder. On Friday, he was formally charged with murder and a connected sentencing-enhancement allegation of discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury. Court records show he was previously convicted of an unspecified serious felony and has a strike under his belt.
Fred Garcia, 44, was arrested about the same time on suspicion of being an accessory to murder, being a felon in possession of ammunition and witness intimation, according to Indio police.
Garcia had not yet been charged as of 11:45 a.m.
No details about a motive for the killing have emerged.
Guitron told City News Service that “all were acquainted,” referring to the victim and two suspects arrested in her death.
The victim lived at the home, along with Garcia, Guitron said, but Rodriguez did not.
Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
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