Wildomar Woman Charged With Murder, Child Endangerment in Pechanga Shooting

The woman was supposed to appear in a Murrieta courtroom Wednesday to be arraigned on charges related to the death of the father of her child, but she was not medically cleared to appear just yet, officials said.

A Wildomar woman accused of gunning down her boyfriend during a confrontation at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula has been charged with murder.

Riverside County District Attorney Spokesman John Hall tells Patch that the office filed a charge of murder against Maria Santos Vihnanek, 31, on Wednesday.  

The DA's office also added a special circumstance of lying in wait and personal use of a firearm to the charge.  That means that Vihnanek could be eligible for the death penalty, if convicted of everything, Hall said. 

The woman-- suspected of killing 49-year-old Keith Rodman of Los Angeles,  who fathered her 6-month-old child-- was also charged Wednesday with felony child endangerment, Hall said. 

"The baby was in the same hotel room where the shooting occurred," he said. 

Vihnanek is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.  

She was supposed to appear in a Murrieta courtroom on Wednesday, but was not medically cleared to be transported to court, so that appearance has been pushed back until Friday, Hall told Patch.

According to Riverside County sheriff's investigators, Vihnanek confronted Rodman as he strode through the casino lobby shortly before 11 p.m. Friday. The defendant allegedly pulled a handgun and opened fire on the victim, who died at Temecula Valley Hospital about 90 minutes later of multiple gunshot wounds.

Vihnanek fled back to her room at the resort, where she had left her child, according to sheriff's Sgt. Mike Manning.

He said the defendant suffered a "self-inflicted injury," but did not elaborate. Deputies located her the following day and arrested her without incident. She was treated at a hospital and booked into jail.

The baby, who was not injured, was placed in the custody of county child protective services.

A possible motive for the shooting was not disclosed.

–  City News Service contributed to this report.

D A February 26, 2014 at 06:38 PM
A non-sensical Artical! How could she have shot him where the baby was in the room and also shot him in the lobby as he strode though. I hope the case is better than the way the artical is written cause otherwise she is going free. But looks like rail road county is fast on the move, the DA stacks up fictious charges to get plea bargain. She will probably pled insanity anyway.
Alek J Hidell February 26, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Glad you're not the DA.....Oh wait a minute.....you ARE.
David February 26, 2014 at 07:31 PM
The D A can't spell either!!
D A February 26, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Artical, article, an added dash/hyphen Who really cares. It's the PATCH. If it was a article for the Times or a book it might matter. It does not change what was wrote about the incident and how it conflicks with itself. Nor does negate the difference that charges are filed, they are not technically charged until arraignment. If The woman could not make to court for medical reasons and not arraigned then she is not charged yet. She could not have killed him in two places. typical for patch and thats why i don't care if I write with exact precision on the Patch. Besides people on here attack the people writing rather than what's wrong with the reporting.
Robert Gonzalez February 26, 2014 at 08:49 PM
Read the article again, she shot herself in the hotel room. A shooting did take place in both locations.
ChrisG February 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM
@da, please finish high school or go back for an ESL refresher and critical writing course. That will do wonders for any career choices you may be interested in. Good luck!
Steve February 27, 2014 at 12:17 AM
Or at least get the; "Spell checker and Grammar checker by Ginger" extension, it's free.
D A February 27, 2014 at 12:38 AM
U mean that teach taught me wrong. Screw that temecula school dist.
Alek J Hidell February 27, 2014 at 12:42 AM
yeah. that teach done teached you wrong-like. You still might have a career in rap music. Hollah!
REPBEAR February 27, 2014 at 01:34 AM
I'm confused was the shooting in the lobby or a hotel room with a child in the same room?
D A February 27, 2014 at 01:34 AM
But I don't like RAP i like Bach man! Mucho Gracias
john blackwood February 27, 2014 at 05:40 AM
Marty nice name " x were you the tall skinny red head kid in school, That always had a wedgie up the crack ? You know the nerdy kid , That when it was time for P.E everyone wanted to nail you while playing dodge ball. You know that kid that enjoyed the boogers in his nose . You are a true (DORK) .A Big L weenie , Dodger dog .
ChrisG February 27, 2014 at 09:13 AM
@rep, I agree. This article is confusing as it has many contrary statements within it and compared to the initial article. Here's a link to an article on the PE. http://blog.pe.com/crime/2014/02/26/pechanga-wildomar-woman-charged-with-murder-in-casino-shooting/
Jimmy Dean February 27, 2014 at 09:14 AM
@DA- jus incaze u deed no knoooed et u speeled confliks baad.
Jimmy Dean February 27, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Reading Patch makes me smile sometimes.
SA February 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM
I want to know what he did to her to make her shoot him and herself …
TVOR February 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM
@SA. Maybe he refused to leave his wife for her.
SA February 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM
@TVOR … last week my x just moved out and I am telling you that it does not take much for a male to boil the blood of a female so you could be correct … Luck for me all my guns are locked up …
Ken February 27, 2014 at 04:12 PM
All you arm chair Law pro's missed the best part: The woman-- suspected of killing 49-year-old Keith Rodman of Los Angeles, who fathered her 6-month-old child-- was also charged Wednesday with felony child endangerment. Now thats Riverside Counties finest at work. They charged the dead guy also with child endangerment. Gee some how I don't think he's concerned about the charge. He's probably facing a life sentence in a box 6 foot under ground. What idiot wastes the time and paper to file charges on a corpes? Oh ya! thats Riverside counties finest D A. That must stand for Dumb Ass.
TVOR February 27, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Uhhh, Ken, maybe you should re-read the article.
Alek J Hidell February 27, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Not good enough, SA. We need YOU locked up too.
SA February 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM
@”Now” McVeigh … Yep serving my country, helping people via charities and supporting our VA and not asking for anything in return … You are right Timothy, I should be locked up; however if you are attempting to insult me please try again and put more determination into it…
Lisa Hanson Chellman February 28, 2014 at 09:21 AM
I'm thinking everyone is getting off the subject. Temecula Patch if you need writers, I am available. I would at least write an article that doesn't go around in circles.
Jimmy Dean February 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM
That's not Marty it's Alek, lol
Guero Nunez March 01, 2014 at 05:28 PM
So she left the baby in the room and waited in the lobby for him. That is not too hard to understand or believe.The Press Enterprise reported that the shooting occurred in the hotel room. It is sad that the Press Enterprise is more concerned with advertising $$$ than accurate reporting. People used to say that Soboba was not safe. I think Pechanga is becoming just as bad. I am grateful the Patch is not told what it can and can not write. Pechanga pays a lot to have the news censored and written in a way that make Pechanga the good guy all the time. I know for a fact that the current leadership is in trouble again.
Alek J Hidell March 01, 2014 at 05:34 PM
With the pechanga? it's all about the wampum...
Steve March 01, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Leave all the gambling in Las Vegas and another state in the east for people who wanna self destruct with a 80% chance of losing.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something