Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Man held in serial stranglings case

Antonio Rodriguez, a suspect in a string of recent stranglings in Philadelphia (AP)

A man has been arrested in Philadelphia over the serial strangling of three women in the wake of DNA evidence.

Police say 21-year-old Antonio Rodriguez was taken into custody on an unrelated bench warrant after someone phoned in a tip.

The announcement came shortly after a news conference at which Captain James Clark said Rodriguez was being sought as a person of interest in the case.

Rodriguez is currently being held in custody.

Captain Clark says Rodriguez has not been charged with the stranglings, but he did describe a DNA link made by state police in their offender database as "a major break in the case".

Rodriguez was being sought on a bench warrant from a missed court appearance in an unrelated case.

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