A 25 year-old man is left paralyzed after being shot by thieves.

Police sketch of suspect

Suspect:

Gender: Male
Height: 5’8” to 5’10”
Weight: 165 lbs.
Eyes: Dark
Hair: Dark, parted on the right
Remarks: The getaway car was described as a dark GM car, possibly a Monte Carlo, a late 70s or early 80s model.  It had chrome wheels and a vinyl roof.

CASE DETAILS

On January 5 th , 1991, a peaceful neighborhood in Orange, California, was rocked by a violent crime.   Resident John Salkins was relaxing at home that night:

“I was in my living room watching televisio and I heard an engine revving on the street, which is unusual at that time of night. And I got up to look out the window, and there were shots fired. I immediately went out to the front of my house and almost instantly a car sped by with what turned out to be the suspects. As he hit the end of the street, I saw him turn, and then they were gone.”

Rohrey Wychgel

In the aftermath, a young man was shot and left paralyzed, his life forever changed.

Rohrey Wychgel was 25 and all set to ask his girlfriend to marry him. He had just graduated from a technical training school and planned to open his own auto repair shop.

That night, Rohrey was on his way to see his girlfriend. He said he made a quick stop at his house around 9:30 PM:

“I parked my car, turned the headlights off, left the parking lights on. I left the car running. It wasn’t uncommon for me to do that. People know when I’m there, and when I’m not, just by the sound of the car.”

According to Rohrey, on his way out, he went into the garage to find an extra set of stereo speakers for his girlfriend’s sister:

“I wasn’t in there for more than a minute at the longest and I heard my car rev up.”

Rohrey cannot use his legs

As Rohrey approached his car, one of the men inside pulled out a gun and opened fire:

“All I remember is that I’m falling backward and for some reason I know I’m not going to be able to get back up. I have no idea. I don’t feel anything. I don’t hear anything. All I do is just see him run away. And then, I lost my memory, I don’t remember what happened.”

As the suspects sped away, Rohrey’s neighbors rushed to help. He had been shot twice, once in the leg and once in the neck. Rohrey had to be revived twice on the way to the hospital:

“They didn’t think I was gonna make it through the surgery, but I did. So now I have a lot of gratitude. More than I can really express.”

Years have passed since the shooting. Rohrey Wychgel cannot move his legs or hands, and has limited use of his arms.   Police are hoping that someone might be able to help identify his attackers.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season six with Robert Stack and in season two with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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5 Comments

  1. Jada

    This may sound phony and lame but I feel like I say him before. I think I saw him at an Amtrak train station a few years ago in Georgia. I may be wrong. The sketch is so generic, it could be anyone.

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  2. Unknown

    Oh My God Bless Your Heart!

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  3. Petaa motex

    This sketch isn’t the craziest I have seen but knowing this man is likely a killer this is scary.

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  4. Anonymous

    It was Islam berkowitz the other side

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  5. Marcus

    I think what would help in those situations is video registrator in the car and in the premises. The video should be sent through network to a safe computer. It won’t probably stop the crime, but it would help catch the offenders.

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