Villadora killer may be in custody
Kailash Hotel on Julian Avenue.

A man suspected of killing a 27-year-old mother of a newborn at the Kailash Hotel at 16th Street and Julian Avenue in early September has been apprehended and charged with homicide, police said. 

Jose Rodriguez, 29 — also known as “Antonio Mendoza” — was apprehended while allegedly burglarizing a residence on Sanchez Street near 29th Street around midnight on Dec. 3, police said. Police officers caught Rodriguez and the other men with him as they allegedly attempted to flee on foot. 

The other men arrested at the scene — 24-year-old Emerson Martinez and 28-year-old Ernesto Herrera of San Francisco — were booked on burglary, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, and possession of burglary tools. 

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was booked on burglary charges, as well as charges in several incidents including an outstanding homicide warrant in connection to the Sep. 4 shooting death of 27-year-old Myeshia Villadora at the Kailash Hotel, a residential hotel. A resident there said Villadora had recently given birth. 

A witness who heard the homicide play out said that Villadora was arguing in her room with a young man who frequently visited. The argument ended in a single gunshot, the witness said. Police later reported that Villadora had died from a gunshot wound. 

Following his arrest earlier this month, Rodriguez was also identified as the shooter in connection with an attempted homicide near Jackson Playground in Potrero Hill on Oct. 27. He has been booked on attempted murder and firearms charges related to that incident.  

Rodriguez and Martinez are also suspects in a residential burglary on Peralta Avenue in Bernal Heights on Nov. 11, and the two were charged with burglary and conspiracy in connection to that incident. 

Follow Us

Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

Join the Conversation


Please keep your comments short and civil. We will zap comments that fail to adhere to these short and very easy-to-follow rules.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Out of jail? Is that a joke? He probably will never get out. He killed a 27-year-old female, who was very Dear to me. I hope he gets the death penalty.

    1. You know it’s so hard to lose someone you truly cared about. Myeshia Villadora was murdered on September 4. We were texting each other on the 3rd and she made plans to come and see me later that day. But she never made it. I miss her so much.