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Fingerprints lead Dallas police to suspect in the 2021 Pleasant Grove shooting.

A man has been arrested in connection with the 2021 murder of a man found shot to death in a car in Pleasant Grove.

Rodney Weeden, 31, was jailed in the Dallas County Jail on Thursday for the murder of Santiago Bastidas, 43. It is unknown if he has a lawyer.

Shortly before 10:00 a.m. on July 11, 2021, officers answered a call about a shooting at the 9500 block of Crestshire Drive, where they found Bastidas dead in a red Nissan Versa, the arrest warrant affidavit says.

The witness told investigators that last night they saw a car parked in the same spot with the lights on, and the next morning they noticed bullet holes on the driver’s side. According to an affidavit, Bastidas’ family arrived at the scene after seeing the car on the news and told police that he was opening a games room nearby.

Police found fingerprints on the inside of the passenger door that matched Wieden’s, the affidavit says.

Dallas police said a man was found shot to death in a car in Pleasant Grove.

The affidavit states that investigators learned that Wyden’s residence was listed as a home in Forney, and that the woman living there, who later turned out to be his wife, had a gray 2015 Chrysler 200. found dead, the Chrysler was less than a mile away.

CCTV footage taken around the same time shows Bastidas’ car approaching Crestshire Drive. The affidavit states that “a large man who matches the physical description and height” of Wyden exited Bastidas’ car on the passenger side and fled towards St. Augustine Drive.

About 10 minutes later, a dark sedan pulled up next to Bastidas’ car, from which a “large man” got out and walked to the passenger side of the Nissan before leaving, the affidavit said.

Weeden was arrested on December 23, 2021 for a traffic violation while driving a Chrysler, the affidavit says. He told police that he was unfamiliar with the Pleasant Grove area and did not spend time in the game rooms, according to the affidavit. He also denied knowing Bastidas or anything about his death.

Police received a warrant for Wyden’s arrest on December 22, 2022; it was unclear why almost a year had passed since he had been pulled over for a traffic violation.

He remained in custody on $300,000 bail Tuesday.

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