Wanted man in custody after string of robberies, sexual assaults

Juan Rodriguez, 28, charged with credit card abuse, robbery

Two days after asking for help, San Antonio police has a wanted man in custody.
Two days after asking for help, San Antonio police has a wanted man in custody.

San Antonio police say they have a man in custody who is connected to several crimes on the Northwest Side ranging from break-ins to sexual assault.

The arrest comes two days after SAPD appealed to the public for help.

According to police investigators, Juan Rodriguez, 28, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Victoria, Texas.

Rodriguez is expected to be brought back to San Antonio some time Wednesday night.

As of Wednesday evening, Rodriguez is facing charges of credit card abuse and robbery, but police investigators say he could be linked to several other crimes dating back to July.

All of those crimes are believed to have occurred on the Northwest Side in the area of Gardendale, Wurzbach and Datapoint Drive.

There have been six break-ins and robberies and two sexual assaults in that area that he could be linked to.

San Antonio police investigators said it was surveillance photos that helped them nab Rodriguez.

A woman was also seen in the photos with Rodriguez and police say she has not been arrested, but investigators are questioning her.

Many of the break-ins and robberies that police say Rodriguez could be connected to happened in the overnight hours while residents were home.

According to law enforcement sources, in some cases doors and windows were unlocked during the crimes.

KSAT Crime Expert, Eddie Gonzales, you should always remember that locks are your first defense.

If you live in a house with a garage, he reminds residents to remember to lock the door leading into the house from the garage.

"They need to keep both doors locked- the one from the house leading into the garages," said Gonzales. "They can be broken into really easily. A lot of times they can do it by just using certain garage door code keys."

Gonzales also suggests leaving on lights or a radio when no one is home to give the impression that someone is inside.

Be careful about who you let into your home to see your possessions or who you talk to about high priced items you own, he adds.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus says now people living in that area can breathe a sigh of relief and that more charges against Rodriguez could come soon.

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