FAIRFIELD — Police announced Friday the arrests of four Fairfield men they believe are responsible for the Feb. 15 fatal shooting of 16-year-old Naomy Rojas.
Jovon N. Granado, 24, Robert F. Dishman, 21, Eric A. Rico, 19, and Jesus Rodriguez, 22, were booked into the Solano County Jail on suspicion of murder and criminal conspiracy. The arrests came after two weeks of intensive investigation.
Police believe the four men went to a Phoenix Drive apartment complex to confront a person who was with Rojas. Shots were fired around 1:20 a.m. and Rojas was killed. Police said they do not believe she was the target. Her body was discovered a few hours later behind the apartment complex, near some railroad tracks.
Police rounded up four guns during their investigation and arrests.
Granado, an ex-con parolee, has a criminal record dating back to 2009 when he was caught in the middle of the night burglarizing Bransford Elementary School with four accomplices. In spite of his parole status, when Suisun City police arrested him in March 2013 for being a felon in possession of a gun, he spent a few months in jail before posting $35,000 bail.
He was out on the streets until Wednesday, when he was arrested at a Phoenix Drive apartment where police said they found Granado with a gun and marijuana they believe he was selling.
Dishman was also out on the streets pending felony charges after being arrested on suspicion of felony car theft in January after a failed effort to flee California Highway Patrol officers. He posted $25,000 bail shortly after his arrest. Dishman was in court Tuesday for an unrelated 2013 Vacaville theft case for which he was placed on unsupervised probation.
Police said Rico and Rodriguez are known gang members.
Rico was also arrested by Fairfield police on Wednesday. He was booked into the jail on suspicion of felony narcotics and assault allegations. Before that, Rico had been out on the streets after posting $45,000 bail shortly after his arrest by Fairfield police in June 2013 on suspicion of felony burglary. He has been back to court seven times since that arrest, including a court appearance a few days after Rojas was killed. No date for a probable cause hearing has been scheduled in that case.
News of Friday’s arrests in the Rojas homicide case brought a swift response from Mayor Harry Price.
“The officers were relentless in their investigation that resulted in the apprehension of the four who were charged,” he said.
Rojas’ killing was Fairfield’s second homicide of 2014. Terrell Brumfield, 21, of Fairfield, was shot and killed Jan. 3 at Parkway Gardens. Police said several people were nearby when Brumfield was shot and killed. No arrests have been made in the case.
Ryan McCarthy and Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.