An armed robbery at Church’s Chicken on Florin Road preceded a deadly shooting at Sacramento City College
SACRAMENTO—The two men arrested for armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant in September and who were considered “persons of interest” in the fatal shooting at Sacramento City College appeared in court on Thursday, November 19.
Tevita Tikoni Kaihea and Charlie Hola, both 19, each faced robbery charges in different courtrooms. They are suspects in the hold-up of a Church’s Chicken restaurant on Florin Road. The two are also suspects in the shooting death of Roman P. Gonzalez that occurred less than two hours after the restaurant robbery on September 3.
The shooting happened after Roman P. Gonzalez, 25, and Rico Ridgeway, 24, got into a physical altercation with Kaihea and Hola. The brawl left Gonzalez dead from a gunshot wound and Ridgeway grazed by a bullet.
In the altercation, Hola nearly died in the attack and was hospitalized for several days before being released and booked into Sacramento County Jail.
Ridgeway was arrested one day after the shooting and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Both Ridgway and Gonzalez had prior convictions that include weapons offenses.
Meanwhile, police are continuing their search for a fourth man who is believed to have fired the shots that killed Gonzalez. He remains at large.
Gonzalez and Ridgeway were Sacramento City College students, and Hola was a former student. Kaihea had no connection to the campus, said Los Rios Community College District officials. Friends of Gonzalez have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money in support of his family.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian ordered the Kaihea and Hola to return to court on January 8.