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4 in custody, accused in Fairfield teen’s death

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Fairfield police arrested two men, later identified as suspects in the Feb. 15 killing of 16-year-old Naomy Rojas, Wednesday, on Phoenix Drive in Fairfield. Police announced Friday that they had four suspects in custody in the case. The suspects are Jovon N. Granado, 24, Robert F. Dishman, 21, Eric A. Rico, 19, and Jesus Rodriguez, 22. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

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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 [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Skeptic ScroogeMarch 01, 2014 - 1:40 am

    Rico looks like a Honda thief. Hope they cross check his prints with one found in Fairfield about 4 months ago.

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  • Blanca BotwinMarch 01, 2014 - 3:47 am

    If the DA's office would do their jobs and actually LOCK PEOPLE UP, THIS WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED! Run from the police, and post bail, so you can be involved in a murder? Felon in possession,released so you can be involved in a murder? Someone else Released on UNsupervised Probation, so he can CONTINUE stealing, AND lead police on chases, AND become involved in a murder? Felony burglary-released so he can go back to court 7 times, but still make time to be involved in a murder! I'm sure Rodriguez has a record as well, but with so many people with the same name on CC, you probably couldn't pinpoint him. I wonder if someone at the DA's office had their home broken into or property stolen, would they start thinking about actually punishing these people? A bunch of thieves who stepped their game up to murder! Only in California, with the revolving door of the NON Justice system. Thanks to FFPD for catching these losers. You are appreciated. RIP Naomy. You didn't deserve this. Let this be a lesson to everyone-it doesn't matter how good of a person you are, when you hang with the wrong people.Bad things can still happen to you.

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  • Tax PayerMarch 01, 2014 - 5:37 am

    wow, the system is surely working for them. Do crime minimal time. Now murder, don't worry the governor will cut you loose to do it again in no time. Citizen's please arm up!

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  • Mr. JonesMarch 01, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    TP, Just how is the Govenor releasing these prisoners? Please explain how you blame him?

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  • Skeptic ScroogeMarch 02, 2014 - 1:17 am

    I think tax payer is referring to the 1000+ the governor has just straight up pardoned, not because of innocence, but politics.

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  • Hmm.....March 02, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Mr. Jones, I believe TP is referring to senate bill 198 that was pushed by Gov. Brown and passed last year. It moved thousands of criminals housed in prisons into jails, which in turn overcrowded jails. This allowed thousands of criminals to be released from jail either on bail or on "probation" and onto our streets..... Free to commit the above crimes.

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  • tax payerMarch 02, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Mr jones, please get the facts prior to asking stupid questions, please!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 02, 2014 - 11:41 am

    TP, why was that a stupid question? Your comment wasn't exactly loaded with pertinent information. The Governor was given a mandate, he's doing his job. How will folks like you carrying guns solve this issue?

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  • tax payerMarch 02, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    We as citizens will need personal protection as these criminals are release. Did you see what happened in ffd as they let those criminal out? The courts have to take some responsibility and accountability in letting these animals out to victimize over and over.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 02, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Tax payer, you understand of course that using that weapon could likely cause you your freedom or your life for that matter? Don't get me wrong, I am not averse to right to carry. I just hope people get the proper certification training and licensing before running around half-c*cked.

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  • tax payerMarch 02, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    CD, I will only use the weapon to protect me and my family. The perp will be inside my home! Guaranteed!

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  • Mr. JonesMarch 02, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Maybe you should have included the fact that the Governor has a Federal Deadline pending to meet the "Federal" Mandated Prisoner Cap. That he has done everything possible to keep prisoners from early release. This includes recently getting two more years to reduce the prison population to constitutional levels, use of County Jails & budgeting $481 million for Private Prisons. So you still pointing your b00ger incrusted finger at Brown?

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  • Tax PayerMarch 01, 2014 - 5:40 am

    Solano county has the worst record in actually putting folks that deserve it away. I saw the performance the other day in a newspaper article. We however lead the 9 Bay Area counties in dismissals and non-files..All citizens should be entitled to a concealed weapons permit if they chose to get one due to this ineffective DA office.

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  • JazzAzzMarch 01, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    The 9th District Court (As liberal as they are) has ruled that any law abiding citizen can constitutionally get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Sure this will be appealed, but eventually the Constitution will win out taking that control away from the local Sheriff's Depart. Then the PPL can carry out justice. These four punks needed to be taken out somewhere in a field and shot in the back of their heads, instead of using up tax payers money, and ever having the chance to be out, committing any more crimes!!!!!!

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  • MattMarch 01, 2014 - 6:06 am

    Their names and faces are out now. If any of them post bail and end up back on the streets it won't be long before street justice is served.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 01, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Terrorists. Good they got caught, now what?

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  • PornacMarch 01, 2014 - 7:23 am

    They look like such nice young men. I'm sure this is a setup.

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  • concerned citizenMarch 01, 2014 - 8:10 am

    I have noticed Solano County is lazy prosecuting people. Napa is much tougher on criminals and protect their people who pay taxes for the District Attorney office salaries. DO YOUR JOB, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, JURIES AND JUDGES!! We depend on you to keep us innocents safe.

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  • NicksjammaMarch 01, 2014 - 10:58 am

    WOW!! The police work like hell to to get these guys just so our system can set them free. I guess the real news article to read would be how fast these guys get out of jail, because obviously we all may see them out in the next few days.

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  • JazzAzzMarch 01, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    Yeah the Police can not be blamed. They work their butts off to get punks like this off the street. And the justice system lets everyone down. Well what this area needs is vigilante justice!!!

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  • mescMarch 01, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Everyone who is worried, complains, lives in fear, notices all the crime and criminals ... needs to DO SOMETHING. Posting here or on Facebook, Twitter will not get the job of protecting ourselves and children done. Attend all civic meetings, sit in courtrooms and note which judges release these punks early, let violent criminals off lightly and so on. Stop voting in the same politicians. Stop voting for the party, vote for the person who will make the change you want, and then hold them to the promises!! VOTE EVERYONE OUT. Time to Start Over.

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  • YoshidaMarch 01, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    Yes...and don't be one of the bonehead jurors that get hung or can't reach the correct decision because of some defense attorney smoke screen. Don't be an OJ Juror!

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  • Typical County WorkerMarch 01, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Yes I am surprised that the ones are upset with the justice system aren't upset with the jury of their peers finding the scum not guilty. They blame the judge and DA's office (which are not the best even though we pay them a lot of money) but the juries are just as bad.

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