Santa Monica resident Levy Ernesto Rodriguez, 24, plead not guilty on Tuesday to one count of attempted murder with a gun and gang allegations, said Jane Robison, public information officer for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Rodriguez was arrested on June 29 in Los Angeles for the attempted murder of a 32-year-old Latino male on June 9, said Sgt. Richard Lewis, spokesperson for the Santa Monica Police Department.

Working on leads, police determined that Rodriguez was staying at a residence in Los Angeles when he was arrested during a traffic stop near the corner of Pico and Crenshaw boulevards. No weapon was found during the arrest.

Rodriguez allegedly drove up alongside the victim, who was riding his bike on the 2900 block of Exposition Boulevard in the Pico Neighborhood, and fired several rounds at him in broad daylight.

The suspect is being held on $1.5 million bail, Robison said. His next court date is set for July 17.



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