He zeroed in on Auggie Kirkpatrick after the murder weapon, which had been buried by David at a construction site, was found. Auggie was arrested, but David was positive that Michael was responsible and worked with Rodriguez to get Michael arrested. He stole Sydney's necklace from Michael's car that implicated Michael in the killing. However, Rodriguez stated it was illegally seized and he could not base a case around it. After Michael tried to break into David's apartment to steal Sydney's necklace, Rodriguez arrested Michael for Sydney's murder.