Identity borrowed from death row
Storm Lake Police have apprehended a murder suspect from Colorado, working in the Storm Lake Sara Lee plant under a false identity that he took from a man on death row.
On January 6 the Storm Lake Police and Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department received information from the Monte Vista County Colorado Police Department that a wanted man may be in the Storm Lake area. Oscar Godinez, age 25, was wanted for Murder 2nd Degree in Colorado for a gang related shooting that occurred in 1999 in Rio Grande County.
Sheriff and Police began a local joint investigation, and found that the suspect had family living in the Storm Lake area. An astute police officer recalled interviewing a man who matched the description during a stabbing investigation in October, 2004.
The man matched the Colorado suspect's description and picture but the subject was using another name.
Continued investigation showed the man in Storm Lake was using a false name and date of birth that actually belongs to a subject who is currently on death row in California for a series of murders.
Monday afternoon, police located the suspect using the name Nicholas Rodriguez working at the Sara Lee Plant in Storm Lake. They arrested the man and booked him into the county jail. Police and deputies then determined that Nicholas Rodriguez, the employee at the Sara Lee Plant, is in fact Oscar Godinez, the wanted fugitive.
Oscar Godinez, also known to use the name Cesar Godinez, is 25 years old and has been living in Storm Lake.
He was charged by Storm Lake Police with Forgery (a class D felony), and remains wanted in Colorado for 2nd Degree Murder. He was booked into the County Jail on a $109,750 cash bond.
Local officials were assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Agency, the Rio Grande County Colorado Sheriff's Department and the Monte Vista County Police.