Men arrested in connection with Oviedo burglary, fatal shooting

Deputies: Karl Rodriguez, Luis Ruiz charged with felony murder, burglary

By Clay LePard - Reporter, Anna Johnson - Digital Journalist

OVIEDO, Fla. - A Winter Park man and an Orlando man were arrested in connection with a burglary and fatal shooting, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Karl Makarowski Rodriguez, 23, has been charged with felony murder and burglary. Luis Lopez Ruiz, 32, was arrested Thursday on the same charges.

Deputies were called around 1:15 p.m. Monday to a home in the 2000 block of Westbourne Drive in unincorporated Oviedo.

In a 911 call, the owner said she was in the home by herself when she heard someone breaking in. She said one of the two men came to her bedroom, which prompted her to fire at least one shot.

"This was a homeowner who was very frightened," Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Kealing said. "This was a bad guy who was literally in her home and she took the step necessary to protect herself."

Two men were seen fleeing from the home at the time of the shooting, according to the arrest report. A light-colored four-door vehicle that appeared to be a Ford Taurus was seen in the area and fleeing the scene at the time of the shooting.

Deputies said Ruiz was driving the Taurus to and from the scene. Investigators have impounded the vehicle.

Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Booking photo of Karl Rodriguez.

Booking photo of Lopez Ruiz.

Deputies said a wounded man was found a short time later behind a convenience store in the 4600 block of Alafaya Trail in Orange County.

The man, identified by the Sheriff's Office as Daniel Valentin, 33, was taken to a hospital, where he died, deputies said.

With Valentin was a man later identified as Rodriguez, who fled the scene when law enforcement officers arrived, but not before he was captured on a deputy's body camera, according to the arrest report.

Rodriguez's clothing seen on the body camera matched that of the second person seen fleeing from the home.

On Wednesday, Rodriguez voluntarily went to the Sheriff's Office in Sanford. According to the arrest report, Rodriguez was acting as a "look out" in the burglary.

Rodriguez was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility and a judge denied bond during his first appearance Thursday afternoon.

"Admittedly, some of the actions of the defendant in this case are unusual," the judge said. "Some are almost commendable, but they are all after the fact. The fact is he agreed to participate in a felony crime. During a felony crime, somebody died."

Seminole County deputies are urging everyone to notify police if you see something that doesn't look right going on in a neighborhood. Deputies also encourage homeowners going out of town to sign up for their House Watch program where deputies can check their home each day they are away.

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