Authorities arrested a former Holyoke resident in Bridgeport, CT, who allegedly shot a member of the National Guard to death on a Springfield corner back in 2009.
Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said Michael Rodriguez, 30, was apprehended in Bridgeport on Monday following a lengthy investigation into the murder of 25-year-old Julian Cartie, of New Britain, back on Feb. 22, 2009.
Police responded to a shots fired call just after 2 a.m. at the corner of Main and State streets.
Delaney said Julian was about to enter a nearby restaurant when a blue sedan pulled up and a Hispanic male got out and shot him three times. The crime scene was secured and detectives from the homicide unit gathered surveillance video and began to speak with witnesses.
During their investigation, police received a text-a-tip and followed numerous leads, which eventually led to the recent arrest.
The Springfield Police Department, Federal Marshall's Office in Springfield and Connecticut and the Bridgeport Police Department all contributed in making the arrest, Delaney said.
Rodriguez, who resides in Bridgeport, was charged with murder and will be arraigned in Springfield District Court after he waives extradition. Delaney said he will be brought to Massachusetts as soon as Friday.
“The victim of this tragic murder was a remarkable young man and was in the National Guard. He truly was an innocent victim and his life was tragically cut short by this senseless act of violence,” Delaney said. “Hopefully this arrest will assist his family with closure in regards to their loss.”
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