Police: Meriden woman charged, man wanted for questioning in connection with June homicide

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MERIDEN — A city woman has been charged with hindering prosecution in connection with a homicide at a local hotel in June.

Police also said a local man is wanted for questioning about the homicide.      

Giovanni Rodriguez, 24, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, outside the Comfort Inn on East Main Street early in the morning on June 21. 

Officers found Rodriguez laying unconscious in the entranceway of the hotel.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Cheenisa Rivera, 39, of Meriden, was charged Wednesday with hindering prosecution. She posted $75,000 bond, police Lt. John Mennone said in a statement Wednesday night. 

Members of the detective and patrol divisions collaborated in the arrest, Mennone said. 

Mennone described the police investigation into the shooting as active, stating “more details will be released in the future and additional charges are anticipated.”

Police issued a separate news release, seeking the public’s help tracking down 33-year-old Trevor Outlaw. He is being sought for questioning related to the shooting, Mennone said. Outlaw has seven outstanding warrants, unrelated to the shooting, for his arrest, Mennone. 

The outstanding charges against Outlaw include criminal possession of a firearm, assaulting police, criminal attempt to assault on police, second-degree assault, interfering with police, operating a drug factory, reckless driving, operating a vehicle under the influence, first-degree reckless endangerment, violation of conditional discharge and others. 

Mennone said Outlaw goes by several aliases including “Wolf, Wolfie and F1.” Outlaw is described as 6 foot 2 inches tall, weighing between 250 to 300 pounds. He has long dreadlocks and a tattoo of two hearts under his left eye. 

Mennone said Outlaw “should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.”

Anyone with information should contact Meriden police by calling 203-630-4178 or emailing mpdtips@meridenct.gov.


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