A domestic battery call resulted in the siezure of more than 20 grams of cocaine, and the arrest of a member of the Norteño street gang in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday.
Jesus Rodriguez, 20, was arrested at his brother’s home after officers responded to a report on Blackwood Avenue.
The victim told Officers Jake Herminghaus and Ray Poole that she had found out Rodriquez, her husband, had hidden cocaine inside the home they share with their 2-year-old child. The victim re-hid the drugs prior to confronting Rodriguez about her discovery. When she refused his demand to return the cocaine to him, Rodriguez allegedly pushed the victim down on a bed and forcibly held her down with his hands around her throat. The victim said that during the struggle, she was able to scream to her 8-year-old brother, also in the house, to call the police. This child called 911 for help. The victim described that Rodriquez then started flee from the residence with their toddler. The victim explained she attempted to prevent Rodriguez from taking their child. Nevertheless, she said Rodriguez forcibly took the child from the victim, left the house and drove away prior to the police arriving.
Officer Chris Webber followed an investigative lead and located Rodriquez at the residence of his brother on James Avenue in South Lake Tahoe. Rodriguez was arrested at his brother’s house for domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance for sale, both felonies. Officers returned the unharmed toddler back to the victim in this case. Rodriguez is an admitted member of the Norteno criminal street gang, and has been involved with prior violent gang related encounters in South Lake Tahoe.