LANCASTER – In March of this year, a 21-year-old Palmdale man was shot in the head, carjacked and left for dead in the desert near 180th Street East and Avenue M.
Christian Bojorquez was discovered by a passerby and airlifted to the hospital with life threatening injures. Bojorquez died nine days later, and authorities asked for the public’s help in finding two suspects, believed to be driving the victim’s charcoal gray Toyota Camry. (Read more here.)
Nearly seven months later, authorities have arrested both suspects.
Rosie Lisa Morales, 18, was arrested at a Palmdale motel last week and charged Friday with capital murder and arson.
“It is connected to the carjacking where the guy was shot and left out in the desert to die, and he did die later,” said Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.
“It’s my understanding that they burned the car up,” Rust added, when asked about the arson charge.
Rust said the other suspect, Rudolfo Robert Alcantar, 27, was arrested in early August. Alcantar was charged Friday with capital murder, arson, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.
For both Morales and Alcantar, the murder charge carries the special circumstances of lying in wait and murder during a kidnapping and carjacking, which makes it a potential death penalty case.
Morales and Alcantar are being held without bail and are due in court on Monday, October 15 to answer charges.
UPDATED October 15, 2012: Rosie Morales and Rudolfo Alcantar appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom on October 15, however, neither of them entered a plea. Their arraignment was postponed until November. The AV Times will continue to closely follow this case and bring you more information as it becomes available.