Real Name: Rohrey Wychgel
Case: Attempted Murder
Date: January 5, 1991
Location: Orange, California
Details: Twenty-five-year-old Rohrey Wychgel was a graduate of technical training school planning to open his own auto repair shop. At around 9:30 pm on the night of January 5, 1991, he returned home from spending the day with his girlfriend. He planned to stop there only briefly to pick up some speakers for his girlfriend's sister. He left his car running in the driveway.
While in the garage looking for the speakers, he heard the sound of his engine revving. He went outside and found an unidentified man inside trying to steal it. He yelled at the man, who was speaking in Spanish. When the man exited the car, Rohrey saw that he had a gun. The carjacker then shot him, hitting him in the leg and neck. He then fled the scene.
Rohrey's neighbors rushed outside to help him. One neighbor witnessed the suspect and his accomplice fleeing the scene in a car. Two of his neighbors had emergency medical training and cared for him until paramedics arrived. Fortunately, he survived; however, he was left paralyzed from the waist down. He also has limited use of his arms. The police would like any information they can have on the shooter.
Suspects: The shooter is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic male with dark hair parted on the right. He was in his early twenties at the time of the shooting; today, he would be in his mid-forties. He was between 5'8" and 5'10", weighing around 165 pounds. The shooter's accomplice was driving a late 70s or early 80s dark Monte Carlo with chrome wheels and a vinyl roof.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 27, 1993 episode. However, due to the Laguna Firestorm, it was pre-empted in several cities in southern California.
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, the statute of limitations expired in the case in January of 1994; the shooter has never been identified.