Fugitive Friday search for suspect in Southside homicide

By Matt Boyce - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This week's featured fugitive is Joseph Michael Rodriguez. He's a suspect in a homicide on Richmond's Southside.

Rodriguez is a suspect in the homicide of Michael Mitchell.  The crime happened at this Southside recording studio in the Glencroft Professional Building on December 23, 2009.

"Suspects along with Mr. Rodriguez being one of them, entered his studio with firearms," said detective Michael Gouldman, Richmond Police Department. "It was an apparent motive of robbery that was going on. They confronted Mr. Mitchell inside his studio and during the confrontation Mr. Mitchell was shot."

Mitchell died a few hours later. Police are determined to get Rodriguez off the streets.

"It's also important to the family of Mr. Mitchell and his friends to give them closure," Gouldman said.

Rodriguez is described as bi-racial -- hispanic and African-American. He has tattoos that should be easy to spot.

"He has two prominent tattoos on both sides of his neck. One is trill spelled in cursive writing T-R-I-L-L and the other one says RIP Quan," Gouldman said.

Police say Rodriguez was wanted on an outstanding firearms charge on the night of the killing.

They have received several recent tips that Joseph is still in the Richmond area.

"He has ties to South Richmond, he also has ties to the near West End of the City of Richmond and he also has ties to Essex Village in Henrico County," he said.

Police warn Rodriguez should be considered armed and dangerous and caution against approaching him.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Joseph Michael Rodriguez or any other fugitive from justice, call 345-1212 tonight. Officers will be standing by until 7 p.m.

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