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Second Suspect Arrested in Westporter Homicide in Rosemont

Rodolfo Villa and Michael Almeda are charged with the murder of Alexander Chavez.

Authorities have made a second arrest in the Rosemont shooting that left a 21-year-old dead last week.

Rodolfo Simon Villa, 22, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked on a charge of murder, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department press release.

He joins 19-year-old Michael John Almeda, who was arrested earlier this week and charged in the crime.

The pair is accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Alexander Chavez around 6:20 p.m. on Jan. 17. Almeda is due in court Thursday afternoon, while Villa will appear in court Friday. Neither is eligible for bail.

Villa appears to have been injured in his booking photo, but sheriff's department spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the suspect wasn't hurt during his arrest.

"The injuries were sustained prior to his arrest," Ramos said in an email. "He's wearing a hospital gown, as you can see. He was admitted for those injuries and we contacted him during our investigation when he was already at the hospital."

The full sheriff's department press release follows:

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives have arrested a second suspect in connection with the shooting death of a man in the Rosemont area last week. Rodolfo Villa, 22, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon and has been booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on a charge of murder. He is ineligible for bail at this time.

Shortly after 6:20 p.m. on January 17, 2013, officers responded to the 4100 block of Westporter Drive regarding a shooting. Upon arrival, they discovered Alexander Chavez, 21, inside the driver’s seat of a sport-utility vehicle stopped in the middle of the road. He had been shot, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Another suspect in this case, 19 year-old Michael Almeda, was arrested on January 22nd and remains in custody.

Investigation into this incident led to the identification of Almeda and Villa as persons responsible for this crime. Anyone having additional information regarding this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115.

God's justice January 25, 2013 at 05:09 PM
They shouldn't free mike his a treat for our community and our kids they should give him the death penalty
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Hi everyone, I've had to delete a few vulgar, profane comments from this article. Please keep your comments respectful and civil. Thanks!
Virginia Brown January 25, 2013 at 06:39 PM
i went to school with both of them and i STILL cant believe this happened...from my perspective they were both good guys.but whoever is responsible for this DESERVES to go to prison..you take someones life away for something so stupid, its only right that yours is taken away in return.simple as that.you kill,you deserve to ROT!!
Virginia Brown January 25, 2013 at 07:13 PM
amen.
Meli January 25, 2013 at 07:21 PM
The FACT remains the same, (regardless of who is the "nice guy"), Rodolfo Villa and Michael Almeda are charged with the MURDER of Alexander Chavez because of EVIDENCE of their involvment. Our justice system, unlike those in other countries, does NOT randomly arrest people on a whim. Keep in mind that Mr. Chavez was SHOT 6 times, not once, nor twice - 6 shots were fired. Has anyne heard how Rodolfo Villa and Michael Almeda pled at their arraignments? And I heard their was also a juvenile taken in for questioning but released for the time being.
angie January 25, 2013 at 07:53 PM
The persons I say persons responsible for the death of this young man was a unforgivable act. I cry for his mother and feel her pain. There's no worser feeling of losing a child and to a very violent death..they deserve every bit of justice served to them. May god have no mercy as the same they gave to alex. Its a crime itself that these persons thought they were gonna get away with what they done. The lord sees everything
angie January 25, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Hey cody why does it say reject in the corner I signed out
take care of your kids January 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Michael is nothing but a trouble maker who deserves to go prison. He is a coward that hides behind guns and his mother...send her to prison too, she is just as guilty - she was warned he was a bad seed and she only encouraged him. Her other kids should be taken away, before it is too late for them too.
nikki January 25, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Meli, Mike and the other guy are innocent because they have not been proven guilty yet. All the victims live in that neighborhood and he could have been leaving home or going home and someone could have described him and the other guy as the shooters. If Mike or the other guy did in fact pull the trigger then despite of how everyone will feel then yes, I agree Mike and/or the other suspect should pay for what they did. But until convicted and sentenced for murder, they are both just suspects.
Meli January 25, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Technically you are correct, it is true that "the accused are innocent until proven guilty", we shall see how they plead at their respective arraingments. They have been arrested AND charged on PC 187(A) Felony MURDER, and denied bail, based on facts and evidence, not heresay and innuendo. How they plead to the charges will determine how this proceeds. They will either plead guilty or If they plead innocent, then they will go to trial where the evidence will be disclosed. I do not believe any of us arbitrarily described these persons, the events or witness accounts , and the Sheriff's department didn't just arrest them for the heck of it. We shall know more once the outcome of the arraignments are known. Time will tell.
BILLY BOB January 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM
so arresting "suspests" isn't what this community needs. this community needs all these gangs to clear and michael almeda has no gang offiliation whatsoever. How about we arrest these low lives that don't have jobs but the money they hustle off the streets and make from selling drugs. Lets arrest these guys with tattoos all over theyre neck face and chest. The gang bangers that you see throwing up signs in pictures on facebook, the ones that hang out in gangs of 4 or more all wearing sold red or blue. Because michael had no tattoos no prior gang history. free mike!
BILLY BOB January 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM
agreed theres more to this story than what has been said mike is no killer. He's a hardworking guy. My prayers go out to the family & friends that lost there loved one that night, but a case like this needs more answers. We cannot just stand here and let our community fall apart. We need to be strong, think smart, and make decisions for the best. I hope the truth comes out soon, that they set mike free. NO more inncoent blood lost. NO more young adults throwing away theyre lives. Stop all the violence and hatred now. Stop all the murders and shootings now. We have children in this community that grow up everyday around this type of filth and it needs to be stopped. Rosemont needs peace. Rosemont doesnt need gangs and guns. How can one ask for justice when they turn theyre backs to the bad things these young adults do everyday. Set an example for these kids. Teach them right from wrong. Stop gangs and start an education. Stop hatred and start peace.
angie January 26, 2013 at 12:07 AM
I agree with take care of your kids
Meli January 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM
" I hope the truth comes out soon, that they set mike free." Please do tell the facts that you are privy to that we don't know. I honestly would like to hear what facts you know, what is your inside line? Were you there? Thanks!
Ride or die for my family January 26, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Everyone needs to shut their mouths! Michael is my cousin and he is sweet and smart! So until you learn the true facts and not what a article with a couple summed up paragraph says, then shut up! Your only making it harder on us!
nikki January 26, 2013 at 07:18 AM
Hey, i agree with you Ride or die. This Meli person is the one who needs to shut their mouth until she/he gets all the facts. I know Mike by association and I would like to think he is innocent but only he knows the truth and only he can prove his innocents. I feel bad for everyone involved.
sesily January 26, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Free Mike.... Ily. Cuz......... U were supposed to b in az right now .:/.....
Virginia Brown January 27, 2013 at 07:25 PM
everyone has their opinion....
R.I.P Alexander January 28, 2013 at 07:29 AM
I hope all that were in the car who shot alex rot in prison.. even if. Only one was the shooter they were all ok with the shooter shooting .. I knew alex he had just found out his girl was pregnant he was so excited all he was focusing on was her and that baby.. he will never get to meet his baby and see he/she grow up.. he died protecting his girl and baby from the gunfire..he covered her that's the only reason she was untouched by the bullets.. if these two were in that car I hope they rot in prison and feel the pain we are all feeling from what they did..
R.I.P Alexander January 28, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Not just because you knew this guy or are related to him means his innocent.. he didn't get busted just because they randomly think he was involved they got evidence there all snitching on each other only a matter of time before the others are caught.. feel sorry for the families they have hurt because of their actions.. life in prison isn't enough punishment for the cowards that did this..
Meli January 28, 2013 at 05:03 PM
I do feel for his family, that his (alleged) actions have caused such turmoil. Please stop and think that maybe some people posting DO know facts, or maybe were even at the scene, Or even maybe were witnesses?
Meli January 28, 2013 at 05:06 PM
you are correct. Alex' actions most likely saved the life of his GF and baby. Otherwise it may have very likely been a double homicide w/extreme circumstances.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Or the "cowardds" who keep trying to intimidate by constantly driving my the scene. I do hope they are aware they are on camera...
Virginia Brown January 28, 2013 at 06:07 PM
^^ wow dude...
Meli January 28, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Knowing someone by "association" doesn't make you the expert, or give you the right to tell others to "shut their mouth". I have as much right as anyone else to post. You have no clue what facts I know, who I am, etc. so please stop making assumptions.
Find the truth first then open your mouth January 31, 2013 at 04:23 PM
They have randomly arrest people before. Read your history.
kevin morrison February 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM
any new information about this case ?
Cody Kitaura (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Kevin, the suspects have another court date this week. We'll follow up.
angie March 24, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Any new information on this case
Original Rosemontian January 06, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Mike was known in the neighborhood as a troublemaker. Pulling guns out on people and acting a fool. Walking the streets intimidating people ever since he was in high school. His mother is no good, the whole family is no good. And as for Rudy...he didn't earn his nickname for being a sweetheart. No one deserves to die. And now there is a little baby who will never know their daddy, a grief stricken mother, and a many friends and family with a hollowness in their lives. And all for what? Cause Mike and Rudy felt tough behind the barrel of a gun. Their place is behind bars!!

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