We Flashed what we knew when it happened Jan. 25 but, unfortunately, weren’t able to put a period on the story at the time. Now we can.
At around 5:15 pm that night, Walnut Creek Police officers responded to a residential burglary that had just been reported near Bayberry and Perada drives in their city. The suspect kicked a door to gain entry, stole a firearm, and ran toward Treat Blvd. on the Ygnacio Canal Trail.
Patrol officers and detectives, along with their colleagues from Concord PD, all responded to check the area for the suspect. Witnesses told officers the man dropped the firearm on the trail, and officers recovered the weapon.
Police located a man, later identified as Eduardo Cortes-Rodriguez, 35, of Pittsburg, walking on Oak Grove Road in Concord, were able to detain him and, eventually, linked him to the burglary. After further investigation, Cortes-Rodriguez was arrested on multiple charges and then booked into the Martinez Detention Facility. At this time, detectives are still investigating other recent residential burglaries and it is unknown if Cortes-Rodriguez is involved in those cases.
On January 30, the case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review and the following charges were filed against Cortes-Rodriguez:
PC 459, First Degree Burglary
PC 29800(a)(1), Felon in possession of a Firearm
PC 30305(a)(1), Felon in possession of Ammunition
PC 487(d)(2), Grand Theft of a Firearm
Cortes-Rodriguez is still in custody on $135,000 bail.
Walnut Creek Police thanked their sister department in Concord for their assistance in locating and apprehending Cortez-Rodriguez.