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California man suspected in homicide apprehended in Centerville backyard

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Posted - Sep. 26, 2020 at 10:43 a.m.


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CENTERVILLE — A man suspected in a California homicide was apprehended by a SWAT team early Saturday morning after Utah police were tipped off that he was staying in a camping trailer in a Centerville backyard.

Joshua Rodriguez, 20, is suspected to be involved in the killing of 17-year-old Eric Aguiar in the parking lot of Sonora High School in Sonora, California, on Sept. 16.

According to a news release from Centerville Police Chief Paul Child, officials received a tip about Rodriguez's location from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon. Centerville police contacted Bountiful Metropolitan SWAT, which consists of officers from the Bountiful, Kaysville, Centerville, West Bountiful, Woods Cross and Farmington police departments, for assistance "due to the dangerous nature" of the situation, Child said.

Officers served a California arrest warrant and local search warrant on the camping trailer shortly after midnight Saturday. According to Child's release, Rodriguez was in the camper with a woman. SWAT officers utilized a flashbang grenade; no one was injured, and no damage occurred to the property, Child wrote. Rodriguez was taken into custody and booked into the Davis County Jail, where he will be held "pending extradition proceedings."

The woman who was with Rodriguez was held for an interview and released without charges.

Officers found a knife, a cellphone and marijuana in the trailer following Rodriguez' arrest, Child wrote.

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