Suspects nabbed in gang killing

This story appeared in The Bee on June 13, 2001.

A Tuesday sweep netted five suspects in an April killing that Modesto police are linking to a drug-selling feud between two factions of the same gang.

A sixth suspect is still at large in the drive-by slaying that police say involved members of the Norteno gang.

Orville Rosado, 20, of Modesto died in a shower of gunfire just after 11 p.m. April 6 in the 2700 block of Janna Avenue, near Prescott and Rumble roads.

Police believe two factions of the Norteno gang are engaged in a fight to secure drug-trading rights in the northwest Modesto neighborhood, homicide Detective Mike Harris said.

Rosado may not have been the only intended victim, police said.

"We believe he was with other members of the Norteno gang," Harris said. Drive-by killers usually "target houses and areas, not just individuals," he said.

Out of concern for more possible violence, there are extra police units patrolling the areas that need it, Harris said.

Officers and detectives from the Police Department's homicide unit, tactical patrol unit and Street Apprehension Team made the five arrests at five different locations.

Arrested were Domingo Martinez and Robert David Rodela, both 20, on murder and conspiracy charges; and Jeremy Justice Silva, 25, and two juveniles on charges of accessory to murder and conspiracy to commit murder. All were booked at Stanislaus County Jail and Juvenile Hall and were awaiting arraignment.

Police said they are still looking for Ruben Rodela, 18, on charges of accessory to murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Witnesses said Rosado was standing with several other young men when gunfire rang out. Police said 20 to 30 shots came from weapons of different calibers.

Feuding between the two Norteno groups has intensified since late March, Harris said, although there have been no other arrests directly linked to intra-Norteno battles.

Al Brocchini, another homicide detective, said five other drive-by shootings — none fatal — occurred in early April, around the time of Rosado's shooting.

Police believe the suspects in Rosado's killing probably had help in planning the attack.

"Many gang members usually conspire together to do something like this," Harris said.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding Ruben Rodela. Officers said he is 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Al Brocchini at 572-9572.