Salt Lake City Police has little evidence to go on in the murder investigation of a 49-year-old man found murdered near the Gateway Mall.
Armando Torrez Rodriquez was found shot to death Monday morning along 100 South near 550 West. Police say they have no suspects and no physical evidence was found at the scene. Police spent a couple days just to find the victim’s name.
However, Detective Cary Whichmann says they have been able to piece together a little of what happened.
“We actually have one of the videos of a person we believe to be the victim, just seconds before he was shot,” Cary said.
Police obtained video surveillance of Rodriquez at the 7-Eleven on 1000 West and North Temple just before 7 a.m. After paying for his coffee, he exits the store and starts walking east on North Temple. Moments later he walks by the Red Iguana restaurant, still heading east.
At 7:10 p.m. the surveillance camera at a UTA bus barn gets video of someone walking east on 100 South towards 500 West. A security guard reports hearing a loud pop at 7:10 a.m. Around that time another security camera gets an image of someone believed to be the killer, also walking east. Police say the man appears to have jumped into a waiting vehicle, which took off southbound on 500 West. A car is seen making a left turn on to 200 South.
Detectives hope the video and images captured helps bring in more information.
“And they’ve been working really hard to be able to put those pieces together and we feel this is a significant lead that maybe can refresh somebody’s memory,” said Cary.
Police say there is still a $5,000 reward for the right tip in this case. They say tipsters can call them at their tips for cash hotline at 801-799-INFO or send a tip to the city police website at SLCPD.com.