Father of slain woman charged in July shooting

August 15, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN- The father of a 20-year-old woman who was shot to death in downtown Hagerstown July 31 has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in a July 16 shooting on Bethune Avenue.

During a District Court bond review hearing Monday, Emeilio Guen Rodriguez, 43, of 53 E. Franklin St., was ordered held at the Washington County Detention Center on $750,000 bond on 15 charges in connection with the July 16 shooting in the 300 block of Bethune Avenue.

Before District Judge Ralph H. France II announced a bond, Rodriguez told him, "I just buried my daughter. Down here on Franklin Street, she was killed."

Trisiviah Rodriguez, 20, was shot at about 12:45 a.m. while standing one door west of Potomac Seafood at 67 E. Franklin St., police have said. Rodriguez, the mother of a 4-month-old girl, was pronounced dead when rescue crews arrived, according to police.


Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Mike King said Monday, "At this time we don't have anything to indicate the shootings are related. It's a different group of people, as far as we know."

Rodriguez was served with an arrest warrant Saturday, Lt. Tom Alexander said.

Police have arrested one man, Demetrius "Meech" Pierr McDaniels, 28, of 1052 D Noland Drive, and charged him with first-degree murder among a series of related charges in Trisiviah Rodriguez's death.

Police were still searching Monday for a second man, Raheen Edwin, 31, who has been charged with the same in her death.

According to Emeilio Rodriguez's charging documents, on July 16 at about 5:27 p.m., Rodriguez "pulled out a handgun" and fired at, but missed, Tyrone Wheeler, who had confronted Rodriguez and another man after Wheeler's daughter told him she was chased by "a Hispanic man" a couple of weeks earlier.

Wheeler had asked Rodriguez and Hipolito Torres-Jimenez, both of whom he saw standing near North Potomac and Church streets, to come back to his house in the 300 block of Bethune Avenue so his daughter could identify which man chased her, documents state.

Wheeler's daughter picked out Torres-Jimenez as the man who chased her and Wheeler subsequently punched him in the face, charging documents state. Rodriguez then allegedly pulled out the gun and fired, according to court documents.

"The defendant pulled out a handgun and shot at least twice at the victim," Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler told France.

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