Police make arrest in Rodriguez case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/11/10

Police make arrest in Rodriguez case, charge 22-year-old with murder

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock police detectives make a major break in the Stanley Rodriguez homicide investigation.

Police arrested and charged 22-year-old Michael Alexander Whetstone with murder. He was the man police initially named as a person of interest and took downtown for questionning Wednesday afternoon.   

Acting on leads and information, LPD searched an apartment in the 1600 block of Avenue S Wednesday afternoon. It is not clear at this time how, if at all, Rodriguez and Whetstone knew each other.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 expects a press conference sometime Thursday and more details.

Witnesses describe seeing dozens of officers and a man who was taken from the apartment in handcuffs early Wednesday afternoon. 

Next door neighbor JoAnn Schnauffer describes the scene. "There were all these police cars here with guys in camouflage and guns." Schnauffer did not know her neighbors name because he had just moved in a week ago, but that she had no problems with him. "The police asked me some questions but he had only been here a week."

Schnauffer said this is not the first time for a raid on that apartment. "I've lived here two years and this is the second raid they have had in that apartment."

While detectives investigate, Victoria Benavidez will walk miles for justice for her slain son.

Rodriguez worked nights at Pyco, Industries, his shift was 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., but at 4 a.m. on Wednesday he was found dead. His family says that he still had his wallet on him and that it had to be someone that he trusted because he was shot from the passenger side of the car, like the suspect was sitting in the car.

Rodriguez was buried on Saturday, August 7th, which would have been his 35th birthday.

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