Arizona man arrested for shooting after police trace unique sandals
PHOENIX — A West Valley man was arrested this week for allegedly shooting at power utility workers after police traced the unique pattern of his sandals, which were made from old tires.
Both work trucks were hit by the bullets but no one was injured.
In a press release, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said 18-year-old Hipolito Rodriguez took several shots at both Salt River Project employees near Elliot Road and 391st Avenue and Arizona Public Service employees near Elliot Road and 363rd Avenue as they drove to work on Sunday.
Despite both trucks being labeled, authorities did not believe the workers were specifically targeted.
Investigators found the tire-tread prints on the scene that led them to a nearby residence, where Rodriguez was found.
The sandals found in the home allegedly matched the prints found at the scene.
“It took a committed and expert team of detectives and MCSO evidence technicians to link the print to the suspect,” Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said in the release.
Investigators also found methamphetamine and a shotgun inside the home.
Rodriguez was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of promoting prison contraband.
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