Philly Police Announce Arrest in Stranglings Case

By: AP
By: AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police have announced the
arrest of a man they say has been linked by DNA to the strangling
deaths of three women in the city's high-crime Kensington section.

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

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

Rodriguez is in custody and can't be reached for comment.

Clark says Rodriguez hasn't been charged in the stranglings case
and police hadn't even obtained an arrest warrant for him. But he
calls the link made by state police in their offender database "a
major break in the case."

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

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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