On 6/26/2022, officers were on patrol traveling westbound on Red Lion Road approaching the intersection of Dale Road. At the same time, a blue Toyota Corolla passed officers eastbound on Red Lion Road. Officers observed the blue and yellow inspection stickers affixed to the front windshield to be counterfeit.
Officers conducted a U-turn to conduct a traffic stop with the Toyota. The vehicle put on its right turn signal and quickly pull into the driveway of XXX Red Lion Road. This driveway is for a single-family residence. LMPD is aware of the property owner and this was not the owner's vehicle. The front entrance to the driveway displays many private property signs clearly posted as the owner has had vehicles illegally enter the property before.
Officers entered the driveway. When the operator saw police approaching, the vehicle went in reverse and backed out of view. When officers exited their patrol vehicle, the homeowner called out to arrest the individuals for trespassing.
Upon approach of the vehicle, officers found a male sitting in the front passenger seat, and a female in the driver seat. The male was identified as Felix Rodriguez, and the female as XXXX. Rodriguez was outwardly upset and nervous. The registration to the Toyota showed the last registered owner as the female in the driver’s seat. Officers asked Rodriguez for his identification and when he checked his pockets, a large rubber band wad of U.S. currency was observed.
The female was asked to exit the vehicle. After further questioning, she admitted to officers that Rodriguez was the original driver when they drove down the driveway. She stated he did it because he does not have a valid driver's license. Officers then had Rodriguez exit the vehicle, and he admitted to driving the vehicle and switching seats with the female.
Upon further investigation, officers located a black semiautomatic Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm handgun under the rear bench seat. Where the handgun was located was directly behind the front passenger seat and within arm’s reach of the driver seat. A check of Rodriguez's criminal history revealed he was a person not to possess a firearm and had an active protection from abuse order from New Jersey. The order prohibited him from possessing firearms. Rodriguez was placed into custody.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREFORE, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDENTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.