HERITAGE RANCH — A Paso Robles man will be facing murder charges following the stabbing death of his longtime pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child.
Daniel Rodriguez-Johnson, 31, of Paso Robles, was jailed Sunday, March 3, after stealing a patrol car and deputies finding the body of Carrington Jane Broussard, 27, of Paso Robles, in the Heritage Ranch home where they lived, SLO Undersheriff Jim Voge said during a press conference Monday afternoon.
“This is a double-murder because of the 9-month-old fetus,” Voge said, adding they did not have a motive at this time.
Broussard was allegedly stabbed multiple times in the early morning hours of March 3 and died as a result, Voge said.
Rodriguez-Johnson and Broussard were together for approximately six years and had two other children, both girls, ages 2 and 4, who were not harmed and are currently with family, Voge said. They were living together at the Heritage Ranch Home in the 2800 block of Sorrel Lane, but were not legally married, Voge said.
Rodriguez-Johnson was taken into custody Sunday morning near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse after stealing a California Highway Patrol cruiser.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at approximately 5:58 a.m. on March 3 to assist CHP officers with a pursuit, Voge said.
The pursuit began on Highway 46 West near York Mountain Road, Voge said. Deputies were notified that CHP had responded to a disabled vehicle possibly involved in an accident with a man and two girls ages 2 and 4 inside. As CHP tried to assist, Rodriguez-Johnson allegedly stole a CHP vehicle and proceeded to drive westbound on Highway 46 and then headed north on Highway 1.
There was no altercation between Rodriguez-Johnson and an officer, he just “slipped” into the CHP vehicle and took off, Voge said.
Spike strips were deployed in the San Simeon area, but Rodriguez-Johnson continued to drive with flat tires until he lost control of the vehicle in heavy brush north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. He then fled on foot, Voge said.
When deputies located the suspect, later identified as Rodriguez-Johnson, he brandished a knife, Voge said. At this time bean bag rounds were used to disable Johnson and take him into custody without further incident.
Deputies were then dispatched to the home on Sorrel Lane in Heritage Ranch where Rodriguez-Johnson and Broussard lived to check the welfare of any residents at the residence, Voge said. Upon their arrival, they found a broken window and since they were unable to make contact with the occupants, they entered the home. Inside the home, they found the body of an adult pregnant female. Deputies reported the death as suspicious and began a full-scale investigation.
Rodriguez-Johnson remains in custody and was booked by CHP into County Jail on suspicion of DUI, child endangerment, felony auto theft, felony resisting arrest and felony evading thus far. The Sheriff’s Office is forwarding the suspicion of murder charges to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.
No additional details are available at this time.