A suspect in southern California has been arrested for a spree of BB gun shootings after picking the wrong car for his next target, a Tesla Model Y.
The 34-year old suspect, Jesse Leal Rodriguez, is believed to have been involved in more than 100 drive-by BB shootings on freeways in Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties since April. His most recent victim, and likely his last, was a Model Y.
Last week Rodriguez decided to shoot out the rear window of the Tesla, which at the time had three people inside it. Fortunately no one was injured, but the rear window of the Model Y was not so lucky and sustained significant damage.
The victim called authorities immediately after the incident, and based on their description and video evidence from the TeslaCam were able to arrest Rodriguez later the same night.
The suspect has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault on a person causing great bodily injury, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. He is being held on $750,000 bail and expected in court on June 1.
If convicted on these charges alone he could face up to 57 years to life in prison. That number will surely rise if investigators are able to tie Rodriguez to the other shootings, which is expected to happen.
“The DA’s office anticipates more charges could be filed in the future,” the police said in a statement.