Body found in Iberville Canal believed to be Belle Rose robbery victim

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:30pm

Rodriguez is believed to have been shot during a robbery attempt that happened in Belle Rose earlier this week. A second victim involved in the robbery reported the incident to authorities after he managed to escape.

The victim told deputies that two armed gunmen approached the vehicle he was traveling in with Rodriguez. He says the men stepped out in front of their car and forced them out of the vehicle. They then took the two men to an abandoned house. A struggle broke out and the victim says one of the suspects shot Rodriguez and killed him.

Somehow the second victim managed to escape. He fled to a nearby business and called authorities. By the time they arrived to the home, it had been set on fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office searched the debris for Rodriguez, but were unable to locate him.

Officials positively identified the body found in the Rocky Canal as Rodriguez and report that he had a gunshot wound to his upper chest.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday at the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.

So far no suspects have been named.

If you have any information about this incident, call (985) 526-1627.


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