RI suspect had previous murder charged dismissed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The man charged with killing two women and kidnapping a 2-year-old boy in Rhode Island has a criminal history that includes a previous murder arrest.

Daniel Rodriguez was charged in the 2003 shooting death of 26-year-old Tyrone Tate in a Providence housing project. Court records show that case was dismissed in 2006 after a witness failed to appear in court.

Rodriguez was also charged in 2007 with the attempted kidnapping of a former girlfriend. WJAR-TV reports that case was dropped when she refused to testify.

Rodriguez is now charged with killing another ex-girlfriend, 40-year-old Evelyn Burgos, and her daughter, 25-year-old Vanessa Perez in Johnston on Sunday. He also is accused of abducting Burgos’ 2-year-old son, Isaiah Perez, who was later found unharmed in Providence.

Burgos recently sought a restraining order against Rodriguez.

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