Murder Charges Filed Against Two Teens Involved in Fatal Incident
A heart-wrenching incident unfolded in Twin Falls, Idaho, when a father of three, Fred Rodriguez, lost his life while confronting a man attempting to steal his car outside his residence. Two teenagers, Mi’Quavis Dewayne Taylor and Kaden James Thomson, now face murder charges in connection with the tragic events that transpired on November 16.
According to authorities, Twin Falls police responded to a report of a shooting at Rodriguez’s home in the early morning hours. Rodriguez, 32, was found bleeding next to his 2014 Dodge Caravan, with his wife informing officers that he had been shot while confronting a suspect attempting to steal their vehicle. The family had recently experienced a break-in, leading Rodriguez’s wife to believe the thief might return.
On the morning of the incident, Rodriguez’s wife observed a white pickup truck across the street and saw a person, believed to be Taylor, approaching their property while wearing gloves and a face covering. Armed with a baseball bat, Rodriguez confronted the individual, resulting in gunshots being fired from inside the van. Rodriguez was shot five times and pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbors reported seeing the suspect fleeing the area in a white truck at a high speed after the shooting. Crime scene investigators later found seven shell casings inside the van. Thomson and Taylor were arrested on November 17.
During police interviews, Thomson allegedly admitted to leaving the scene with Taylor, leaving key and bullet casings behind. Taylor, who claimed to have researched car burglary extensively, stated that Thomson shot Rodriguez multiple times, expressing surprise at the extent of the shooting. The alleged murder weapon was later found in a Boise home.
Police revealed that the teens were linked to multiple car thefts in the days leading up to the tragic incident. A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with funeral expenses for Rodriguez, described as the sole provider for his family.
Both Taylor and Thomson are currently held on bond in Ada County, facing charges related to the fatal shooting and other allegations. The community mourns the loss of Rodriguez, emphasizing the devastating impact of crime on families.