Attempted murder joins list of charges

A man accused of shooting at police in Turlock after breaking into an automated teller machine must stand trial on two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, Judge Thomas Zeff said Tuesday at the close of a preliminary hearing in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Alex Gabriel Rodriguez, 23, of Isleton also faces two counts of assault on a peace officer, one count of evading a peace officer and one count of second-degree burglary.

He already is serving a 53-year sentence handed down in San Joaquin County two years ago, when he was convicted of robbing eight markets, gas stations and bars in Lodi, Lockeford, Stockton and Escalon during a drug- induced crime spree.

The Turlock incident took place about 5 a.m. Sept. 7, 2004, when an officer from the Turlock Police Department and an officer from the California State University, Stanislaus, Police Department responded to an alarm at Citibank on Geer Road.

Rodriguez is accused of breaking open an ATM, though it is unclear if he was able to steal any money, Deputy District Attorney John Mayne said. He is accused of leading police on a chase that ended at Temple and Rutgers avenues, where shots were fired in the officer's direction.

Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 1.