Multiple arrests made in connection to Southeast Idaho carjacking
Multiple people were arrested in Southeast Idaho on Wednesday in connection to an alleged carjacking that occured in Blackfoot, according to the Bingham County Sheriff’s office.
Authorities told the Journal on Wednesday that this is the first carjacking incident they can remember ever happening in Southeast Idaho.
The incident began to unfold around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning when the Bingham County Sheriff’s Dispatch center received a report of a person with a gun at the south Blackfoot off-ramp near exit 89 alongside Interstate-15, the Bingham County Sheriff’s office said in a Wednesday evening press release.
While officers were en route to the scene, the dispatch center received another call about a person that had been carjacked at the Riverton Road overpass by two males subjects. The two males were driving a white car and the subject who was carjacked was driving a tan Honda Accord, authorities said.
The Riverton Road overpass is located approximately 3 miles north of the exit 89 off-ramp.
It remains unclear how the report of an individual with a gun and the alleged carjacking are related and the Bingham County Sheriff’s office declined to provide any additional information when contacted on Wednesday evening.
A short time after the reported carjacking, the white vehicle was located south of Blackfoot at a residence near 285 South 625 West. A male subject, Junior Rodriguez, 19, of Blackfoot, was arrested at the scene.
Junior Rodriguez is currently incarcerated at the Bingham County Jail in Blackfoot. He has been charged with robbery and grand theft, both first-degree felonies.
At approximately 1 p.m., Fort Hall Police officers located the stolen tan Honda Accord at a residence on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Another male subject, Rockit Rodriguez, 21, of Blackfoot, and several other people located inside the house were arrested and and taken to the Fort Hall Police Department for questioning, according to authorities.
Police have not released the identity of the other individuals arrested at the residence in Fort Hall.
Rockit Rodriguez is currently incarcerated at the Fort Hall Jail. He has also been charged with robbery and grand theft, both first-degree felonies, according to Randy’l Teton, spokesperson for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Blackfoot and Bingham County Detectives division, the Blackfoot Police Department, Fort Hall Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The incident remains under investigation and the Bingham County Sheriff’s office said in its press release that it will release additional details about the incident later today.