Two Suspects Under Arrest In Murder Of Teen Soccer Star
CANOGA PARK (CBS) — Authorities announced in a news conference Tuesday the arrest of two suspects involved in the murder of a 17-year-old El Camino Real High School soccer player.
Los Angeles police arrested Jason Schumann, 24, of Calabasas and San Fernando Valley resident Elizabeth Ibarra, 19, for murder in connection with the shooting death of Francisco Rodriguez Jr.
Rodriguez was shot and killed in front of his Winnetka home Jan. 11. following a scoreless soccer game against Taft High School.
A soccer teammate had just dropped the goalie off at his house when Ibarra allegedly came to the home and lured Rodriguez outside.
He was then shot three times before the suspects fled.
Officials said that a combination of tips from the community and Crime Stoppers led to the arrest. Police asked Tuesday for the anonymous tipster that gave them a key piece of evidence to call them back with any additional information.
Authorities have not released any information regarding the relationship between the suspects and Rodriguez.
“Quite frankly, we’re not there in terms of identifying what relationship, if any, there was and…to what extent that relationship had been,” Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas said at a news conference Tuesday.
KCAL9 reporter Dave Lopez suggested during a press conference that the evidence seemed to indicate that this was not a random attack.
“Correct, and that’s the reason why we don’t believe it was gang-related or related to any criminal activity,” Villegas said. “We believe that it was personal.”
The victim’s family was present at the news conference but asked that the media not ask them any questions.