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Suspicious Death Investigation

Suspect Manuel Rodriguez

Suspect Manuel Rodriguez Pictured Above

October 5th, 2012


On 9/4/12 at about 05:42 hours, Ukiah Fire Department personnel were dispatched to 300 Blk of N. Main St, on a report of a man down, not breathing.  Upon arrival, the Paramedics found Ukiah resident Duane Johnson age 45 lying on the sidewalk, being given CPR from a bystander.  Paramedics took over the patient's care and continued CPR.  UFD paramedics transported Duane to UVMC ER, where he was pronounced dead.  It was reported to Ukiah Fire personnel that Duane had fallen outside and was found unresponsive and not breathing.

Ukiah PD was notified of the death and Officers responded to the scene and began a death investigation.  UPD Detectives, have since the incident, discovered that Duane's death was not a result of a fall; Duane was a victim of foul play.  The case is still under investigation.

The following suspect is being sought in connection with the death of Duane Johnson:

Manuel Rodriguez 12/27/90, 5'9", 220, black hair and brown eyes. Manuel was last known to be traveling with his girlfriend and her 2 year old son. 

Anyone contacting Rodriguez should use extreme caution. Rodriguez is a documented gang member from the Sonoma County area, with a history of violence. If Rodriguez is observed, immediately contact law enforcement.

 Anyone who observed, or has information about this investigation is asked to contact the Ukiah Police Department Detective Bureau at (707) 463-6262.

 Further information about this incident can be obtained from Ukiah Police ChiefChris Dewey at (707) 463-6262.

 By: Chief of Police –Chris Dewey                                      


Download: pressrelease_m_rodriguez.pdf

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