Idaho Father Slain Confronting Suspected Car Thief Outside His Home

A tragic incident unfolded in Idaho when a father of three, Fred Rodriguez, lost his life in a confrontation with suspects attempting to steal his car outside his residence. Mi’Quavis Dewayne Taylor, 18, and Kaden James Thomson, 18, are facing charges including first-degree murder, burglary, grand theft, and attempted grand theft in connection with the events that transpired on November 16.

According to information from an arrest warrant affidavit, Twin Falls police responded to a report of a shooting at Rodriguez’s home early in the morning. Rodriguez, 32, was found injured next to his 2014 Dodge Caravan. Rodriguez’s wife informed officers that her husband had confronted someone attempting to steal their van, revealing that the keys had been stolen a few days earlier. She had posted on Facebook seeking information from others who experienced a similar situation and believed the thief would return.

On the day of the incident, Rodriguez’s wife noticed a white pickup truck nearby with a driver wearing gloves and a face covering. Rodriguez went outside with a baseball bat to confront the individual. Gunshots were heard, and Rodriguez was found shot five times, succumbing to his injuries at the scene. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect fleeing the area in a white truck at high speed.

Crime scene investigators discovered seven shell casings inside the van. Thomson and Taylor were arrested the following day, and both provided statements to the police. Thomson admitted to leaving the key and bullet casings at the scene before fleeing with Taylor in a Ford-F-150. Taylor, allegedly well-versed in car burglary techniques, expressed surprise at the number of shots fired but justified it as self-defense.

The murder weapon was later located at a residence in Boise. Authorities revealed that the teens were allegedly involved in a series of car thefts leading up to the tragic incident. A GoFundMe page has been established to assist with funeral expenses, emphasizing Rodriguez’s role as the sole provider for his family and his strong work ethic and family values.

As of now, Taylor and Thomson have not entered a plea and are being held on bond in Ada County for unrelated charges.

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