San Antonio, Texas, August 22, 2017: Last week, Bexar County jurors in Felony Impact Court sentenced Juan G. Rodriguez, age 32, to life in prison and an additional 20 years behind bars. Jurors took less than 15 minutes to find Rodriguez guilty of Aggravated Robbery and Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault.
On September 28, 2013, Rodriguez broke into an apartment in the 8900 block of Datapoint Drive, on the city’s northwest side. Once inside the apartment, Rodriguez removed a television, wallet, backpack and laptop before he returned to confront a young woman who lived there with her family. The victim testified that Rodriguez woke her up with a gun pointed at her, and then pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire, but Rodriguez warned her that the next time the gun would go off if she didn’t cooperate. She said Rodriguez threatened to kill her family while he led her around the apartment, collecting property. The victim, who said she feared for her life, told jurors that she was able to talk Rodriguez out of sexually assaulting her. However, Rodriguez did force the young woman at gunpoint to take off all her clothes while he took pictures of her. He then instructed her to get in bed and cover her face while he escaped. The girl’s younger brother was able to call for help when he saw Rodriguez in his sister’s room during the robbery.
Rodriguez was arrested days later in Victoria, Texas and extradited back to San Antonio. Inside the vehicle Rodriguez was driving at the time of his arrest, authorities recovered the young woman’s ID’s that were taken from her apartment, along with a revolver believed to have been used during the robbery. Additionally, San Antonio Police suspected Rodriguez in other burglaries and sexual assault in the same area as the September 28th incident. They believe he committed a crime spree from August 2013 to the end of September. At the time of his arrest, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus called Rodriguez, “brazen and dangerous.” During the punishment hearing, Rodriguez admitted to the September 28th Aggravated Robbery and Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault, but asked jurors for a second chance and mercy. Assistant District Attorneys Tamara Strauch and Madeline Flosi prosecuted the case against Rodriguez in Felony Impact Court.
“I commend the hard work of our prosecutors and diligence of the jury to protect our community,” said District Attorney LaHood. “This lifestyle of crime will not be tolerated and we will continue to seek maximum punishment for evil behavior.”
Aggravated Robbery is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault is a second degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Rodriguez is awaiting trial out of the 399th District Court for other unrelated cases, including Burglary of a Habitation, Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Sexual Assault.