Detective James Rodriguez, played by Nicholas Gonzalez, was a recurring character introduced in Melrose Place (2009), the fifth series of the Beverly Hills, 90210 continuity.

Rodriguez was the detective assigned to solve the murder of Sydney Andrews. his investigation uncovered a series of lies, such as the fact that Violet Foster was Sydney's daughter.

He suspected almost everyone in the building at one point, because David Breck had a record, Violet Foster ran when questioned, and Ella Simms lied about her alibi multiple times.

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.

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