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Posted on: March 15, 2023

Arrests Made in Sunset Zoo Parking Lot Shooting

While our investigation continues into the March 6, 2023, shooting at the Sunset Zoo parking lot, we have made three initial arrests in connection to the incident.

Edgar Torres, 17, Christian Soto, 18, and Carlos Rodiguez, 23, all of Manhattan, were each arrested this afternoon on aggravated robbery charges.

Our investigation into the incident has led us to believe the three robbed two other males, aged 17 and 20, at gunpoint. During the robbery, Rodiguez was shot in the neck by the 17-year-old victim. All parties involved, except for Rodiguez, had left the scene when officers arrived. He was transported to Via Christi and later to Stormont Vail in Topeka for further treatment and was released last week. 

Soto and Rodiguez are being held in the Riley County Jail with $80,000 bonds each. Torres has been transported to the North Central Kansas Juvenile Detention Facility in Junction City.

We are still seeking information on the person in the picture released on March 13. The person has yet to be identified and we are asking anyone with information to please call us at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777. He was seen by multiple witnesses running from the area of Sunset Zoo shortly after the shooting and we'd like to speak with him about his possible involvement in the incident.

Attempt to Identify - Sunset Zoo

Our investigation into this incident is still ongoing and we will provide updates when they become available. 

We would like to thank the community for their continued cooperation and assistance in this case.

RCPD squad car on scene at Sunset Zoo

RCPD squad car on scene at Sunset Zoo

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