Johnston murder suspect linked to 2003 killing
The arrest of a suspect in a double killing in Johnston is shedding new light on at least one cold murder case in Providence.
Daniel Rodriguez, 28, is accused of killing Evelyn Burgos and Vanessa Perez at Burgos's home in Johnston on Sunday and kidnapping Burgos' 2-year-old son. The boy, Isaiah Perez, was later found wandering alone in Providence. He was unharmed.
Rodriguez, then 18, was arrested in 2004 and indicted by a grand jury in the 2003 killing of 26-year old Tyrone Tate.
A police source said witnesses picked Rodriguez out of a photo lineup and identified him as the gunman who killed Tate.
Rodriguez attempted to avoid police by hiding in a bathroom of a friend's apartment to avoid being arrested 12 days after Tate was killed.
The source said after one witness who had identified Rodriguez in a photo lineup failed to show up to testify against him, the judge gave prosecutors seven days to locate the witness.
The witness wasn't found, and the murder case against Rodriguez was dismissed.