A 20-year-old suspected gang member is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 14 in the shooting death of a 23-year-old man on Thanksgiving Day in 2021.
Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Anaheim is accused of killing Jonathan Romero about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2021, in the 1200 block of North Placentia Avenue, near State College Boulevard, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Jon McClintock.
Officers went to the location to investigate reports of gunfire, McClintock said.
“Upon arrival, they located Romero in the alleyway suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” McClintock said.
Romero was taken to a hospital, where he died, McClintock said.
“Over the past year, homicide detectives continued to work the case and identified Rodriguez as the suspect,” McClintock said. “Gang Unit investigators also identified Rodriguez as a suspect in an additional shooting that occurred in December 2022.”
Anaheim Police Department SWAT personnel and Gang Unit investigators served several search warrants in the 2100 block of East Banyan Avenue, between Romneya Drive and La Palma Avenue, Friday and arrested Rodriguez, McClintock said.
Rodriguez was booked into the Anaheim Detention Facility and is being held without bail.
Rodriguez was charged Monday with murder with a special circumstances allegation of gang activity and sentencing enhancements for a gang member’s vicarious discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury and gang activity.
Rodriguez was also charged with attempted murder with sentencing enhancements for gang activity and attempted premeditated murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling for a separate incident on Dec. 28.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at 714-765-1900, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.