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2 arrests in murder of high school soccer player

January 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Two people were arrested in the murder of a high school soccer player who was lured out of his Winnetka home last week, police announced on Tuesday.

Police say 24-year-old Jason Schumann and 19-year-old Elizabeth Ibarra, both of Calabasas, were arrested on Monday night. Both have extensive criminal records and were on probation.

Detectives have also seized the dark-colored SUV that was the alleged getaway vehicle the night of the shooting.

Francisco "Pancho" Rodriguez, a 17-year-old soccer star, was shot to death in front of his Winnetka house last Wednesday. He had just come home from winning a soccer game against a rival high school.

Police believe Ibarra and Schumann came to Rodriguez's house that night. Ibarra, with dyed red hair, allegedly asked Rodriguez to come outside, and seconds later, he was shot.

Investigators say they have sufficient evidence to charge Ibarra and Schumann, but they need more information to fill in the blanks.

It is still unclear who the shooter is, and police are unsure what Rodriguez's relationship was to the suspects. A weapon has not been recovered.

Investigators also do not know the motive. They believe it was something personal, but definitely not gang related.

According to court records, Ibarra has been convicted of forgery or counterfeit of public or corporate seals, while Schumann has been convicted of domestic violence, possession of drugs, loitering with intent to engage in drug-related activity and forgery or counterfeit of public or corporate seals.

Police were able to obtain critical leads from school officials and students, and then on Monday night, police received an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers line. But investigators say they need more help and are now calling for the anonymous source to come forward.

"We need that person to come forward identify himself or herself and provide us with additional information that we need to further solidify this case," said LAPD Capt. Jorge Villegas.

Rodriguez's family attended the press conference announcing the arrests, but chose not to make a statement.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-247.

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