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Man sought in W.Va. shooting arrested in N.Y.

November 25, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Authorities in New York City on Tuesday arrested a man wanted in the Nov. 19 shooting of a 21-year-old Bunker Hill, W.Va., man at Lindsey Terrace Apartments, east of Martinsburg, West Virginia State Police announced.

Officers with the New York/New Jersey U.S. Marshal fugitive task force arrested Nelson David Rodriguez, aka Pill, who was wanted in Berkeley County on warrants charging him with attempted murder and malicious wounding, State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns announced.

Rodriguez, 29, is accused of shooting Matthew Himmelright of Bunker Hill once in the lower torso with a 9 mm handgun.

Himmelright identified Rodriguez as the shooter in a photo lineup Saturday, Kearns said Monday.

Rodriguez was found at an apartment at 563 Cauldwell Ave. in the Bronx, where he was caught attempting to jump to another apartment from the fire escape, Kearns said.

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Rodriguez's capture comes one week after authorities arrested Geovanny Colon in Martinsburg. Colon was wanted by authorities in New York City on a warrant charging him with murder.

Colon, 27, of New York City, had been listed as a fugitive on the television program "America's Most Wanted," police have said.

Rodriguez was added to the list of the Eastern Panhandle's Most Wanted maintained by the Martinsburg Police Department this week.

On Monday, Kearns said police received reports that Rodriguez fled to New York, but had not verified that information.

Rodriguez was last seen in Berkeley County traveling north on Interstate 81 after the shooting about 7:30 p.m. at the apartment complex off Advantage Drive.

Rodriguez was residing in Building 22 of the complex before the shooting, police have said.

The warrant obtained for Rodriguez's arrest last week was adopted by the Eastern Panhandle U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, which referred charging documents to the New York/New Jersey units, police said.

Images of the Eastern Panhandle's most wanted fugitives who are still at large are posted at www.martinsburgpd.org.

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