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CHP makes arrest in Southern California BB gun incidents

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) today announced the arrest of a person of interest believed to be responsible for a series of BB gun freeway shootings in Southern California.

Late Tuesday, CHP investigators, with the assistance of officers from the Riverside Police Department, arrested Jesse Leal Rodriguez, 34, of Anaheim, for his involvement in the recent shootings on SR-91. Rodriguez was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $750,000 bail.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the CHP Riverside Area received multiple calls of vehicles with their windows being shot out in the area of State Route 91 and Tyler Street. Based on information provided by the victims of these shootings, Riverside Police Department and CHP officers located the suspect vehicle and arrested the driver.

Further investigation is actively being conducted to confirm if this individual is the suspect associated with the recent series of BB gun incidents that have been occurring in Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles counties the last two months.

“The investigation of the shootings has been a priority for the Southern, Inland, and Border Divisions of the CHP,” said Border Division Chief Omar Watson.

“I commend the diligent efforts of our investigators who continue to dedicate countless hours to locate the person, or persons, believed responsible for these senseless shootings that have been occurring on Southern California’s freeways the past couple of months,” said Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Thanks to their hard work and the public’s assistance, we were able to arrest a suspect in this case. The CHP takes incidents of highway violence very seriously and actively investigates each one. As demonstrated in this case, law enforcement cannot work alone, the public’s assistance is essential. Anyone who witnesses this type of behavior or finds themselves in a life-threatening situation, is encouraged to call 9-1-1. It is our goal that the public feel safe when traveling California’s roadways.”

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

This article was released by the California Highway Patrol.