Suspect in Custody on Suspicion of Murder and Identity Theft to Obtain Credit
EL SOBRANTE — A man is in custody on suspicion of murder and identity theft, one day after the victim’s decomposing body was found. The suspect and victim shared an apartment together.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to investigate suspicious circumstances reported on June 10. The call for service came in at 4:05 p.m.
Inside an apartment on the 4800 block of Appian Way, deputies located the corpse of 64-year-old John B. Sussdorff. The victim was apparently dead for quite some time.
Along with deputies, investigators from the county homicide unit and crime lab also responded to the scene. An autopsy revealed the victim’s death resulted from a blunt force chest injury and a sharp force head injury.
It took only one day for detectives to identify a suspect in this ongoing homicide investigation. A prepared statement from the Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of the suspect, Anthony M. Rodriguez who is 48 years old.
Rodriguez was taken into custody on June 11. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, where he remains in lieu of $1 million bond.
Presently, Rodriguez faces two charges. He is charged with murder, and obtaining credit using another person’s identity.
The case remains open. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office investigations division at 925-313-2600 or leave a message at 866-846-3592.