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LAPD's Most Wanted Fugitive Found Through Facebook

November 17, 2014  | 

Eduardo Rodriguez (Photo: LAPD)
Eduardo Rodriguez (Photo: LAPD)

For 11 years, Eduardo Rodriguez was one of Los Angeles' most wanted fugitives, an alleged Toonerville street gang member accused of killing four people. His trail led from the streets of Atwater Village to Mexico, where police believed he fled years ago.

Then last year, the LAPD agreed to let Glendale police take a new look at the case. A police investigator working desk duty started plugging names of Rodriguez's friends and gang associates into his computer.

That led him to a Facebook page for a woman in Riverside that included pictures of a man he thought looked like Rodriguez. He then found more photos: One that appeared to be him with a woman in Las Vegas, another taken with some children at the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Times reports.

So began a new search that ended this week with Rodriguez's arrest. It left officials marveling at how a search of Facebook did what years of "wanted" bulletins and even a segment on "America's Most Wanted" could not.


Comments (6)

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JoJo @ 11/17/2014 3:50 PM

Excellent work detective, thank God we have secure borders.....

rj @ 11/18/2014 5:23 AM

Awesome ! We are so smart ! Look at us !
Are there any other investigative techniques you would like to disclose to the bad guys ?

XXXXXXX @ 11/18/2014 5:54 AM

I agree with rj. Is it necessary to disclose every technique in police work. When will police officers learn that the media, TV, newspapers, etc. and yes police Mag are not your friend. Everything they do is for ratings and profit. In my opinion the show "Cops" hurt LE more than we will ever know, but departments keep falling for the BS and going on. What a shame. However, with that said, NICE CATCH!

Longarm @ 11/23/2014 11:18 PM

Good thing most criminals are pretty stupid, or disclosing this kind of thing would be a bigger problem. Good work, Glendale!

Bman @ 12/4/2014 8:16 AM

Good work Detective. Hopefully he gets some sort of award for his work. I don't believe that saying we used facebook to locate this guy is a bad thing. For starters it helps less forward thinking officers get a clue. There are far more cops reading this article than bad guys. I do think it went a little too far in showing what details he clued in one.

GMF @ 4/11/2015 11:37 AM

CRIMINALS ARE NOT STUPID THEY JUST LACK SELF-CONTROL

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