Ulysses Rodriguez ID'd as murder suspect in Scoobies shooting

Victim's brother speaks out

Author: , Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published: Apr 24 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 06:23:29 AM EDT

Months after a man was gunned down outside a gentlemen's club in Bethlehem, authorities say they now know who pulled the trigger.

Now they need your help to catch the suspect.

Bethlehem police are looking for 20-year-old Ulysses Rodriguez -- also known as "Slime" -- for the shooting death of 21-year-old Tyree Wimberly in front of the Scoobies Gentleman's Club January 26.

"It made me feel disgusted. It actually made me more angry than anything because this kid is the same age as me-- he's like 20, I'm 21," said Laquell Wimberly, the victim's younger brother.

"It's upsetting that the youth today would actually bring it this far," Laquell added.

According to witnesses, Wimberly and Rodriguez got into a confrontation after Rodriguez asked Wimberly who was walking past the club if he wanted to buy marijuana.

Wimberly said no.

"The witness then said he saw the man pull the gun back out and pointed at Mr. Wimberly. Witness said he heard several shots before Mr. Wimberly walked toward the entrance of the club and then collapsed," said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

In a gathering Wednesday afternoon, after the district attorney's announcement, those close to Wimberly as well as concerned neighbors say Scoobies has a reputation for trouble.

Basilio Bonilla -- a member of the Bethlehem Area School Board -- is even spearheading a petition to have Scoobies shut down.

"With the recent murder, we felt that was the straw that broke the camel's back and it was time community to do something and to finally close down this establishment," Bonilla said.

"The sooner this place gets shut down and maybe out of the picture it may be better for the community as well," said Laquell Wimberly.

69News did speak to the owner of the building, Jim Rose, by phone. and he says even though he feels bad for what happened, the club is not responsible for Wimberly's death. He says he'll take Bonilla to court over the petition if he has to.

Regardless, of what happens to the club, family members say they're relieved that at least now, there's a suspect.

"I think that it's a little bit more set in stone now that at least this guy is going to be caught sooner or later," Laquell Wimberly said.

Police are looking for Rodriguez and need the public's help. Anyone with information is asked to call Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-426-TIPS.