Deputy: Man driving high on meth admits murder plot

Deputy: Man driving high on meth admits murder plot
Anthony Joseph Rodrigues, Jr.

PHILOMATH, Ore. -- A man pulled over for reckless driving early Saturday morning was arrested after he told deputies he planned to kill three people in Philomath, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said.

A sheriff's deputy stopped a car on Highway 99W at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday for swerving over the lines and driving 15 miles under the speed limit.

As he approached the car, the deputy reported that he found the driver, 33-year-old Anthony Joseph Rodrigues, Jr., was crying uncontrollably. 

In a sworn affidavit narrating the incident, the deputy said that Rodrigues told him he had planned to go to Philomath to kill a woman, her husband and her child.

When the deputy asked about a handgun sitting in the passenger seat, Rodrigues allegedly responded "I was in a rage, I was gonna kill 'em."

The report goes on to say that Rodrigues told the deputy he smoked methamphetamine Friday afternoon before buying a gun and ammunition in Eugene. The deputy conducted a field sobriety test and found that Rodrigues was still high on meth, officials said.

Rodrigues was arrested on three counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession and use of a weapon, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

After the DUII test, the arresting deputy and a sheriff's office detective interviewed Rodrigues about the incident. In the interview, Rodrigues allegedly told the sheriff's deputies he first bought the gun to kill his father living in Veneta. When he found that his father wasn't at home, he decided to drive to Philomath and kill Cathy Scott and her family, officials said.