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Suspect arrested six years after deadly home invasion robbery near Reedley

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A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a deadly home invasion robbery near Reedley six years ago, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

The suspect, identified as Rene Rodriguez, was arrested Aug. 30 by detectives with MAGEC, the county multi-agency gang enforcement task force, according to a news release.

Authorities located Rodriguez at his home in Monterey. He was booked into Fresno County jail on charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery. His bail was set at $3.25 million.

A retired detective with the sheriff’s Homicide Unit who now works on cold cases revisited the case and gathered more information that pinpointed Rodriguez as the suspect.

On Oct. 27, 2013, deputies rsponded to a call of a home invasion robbery near Reedley. Two armed, masked men showed up posing as law enforcement and forced their way into the house.

The homeowner was armed and confronted the two would-be robbers. Shots were fired, leaving one of the suspects dead and the homeowner wounded.

The second suspect fled the scene.

Detectives discovered more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana that the suspects were attempting to steal, according to the sherriff’s office.

The suspect killed was 28-year-old Israel Gomez Jr. of Visalia. The homeowner, who was not identified by the sheriff’s office, recovered from his injuries.

According to the news release, even though Rodriguez didn’t kill Gomez, he can be held legally responsible for his death because it happened during a crime.

The sheriff office is asking for anyone with more information about Rodriguez to call the department at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, agalaviz_TheBee

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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