"Person of Interest" in Custody in Kensington Strangler Case
Published Date: Jan. 19, 2010
by Timothy McClanahan
The arrest of Antonio Rodriguez, 21, a "person of interest" in the Kensington Strangler case, has residents feeling relief after months of worry. A series of four murders and four sexual assaults in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA, started in early November, when the first known victim was found.
The intensity of the Strangler case has whipped up a great deal of community concern, so much so that memorial Facebook profiles have been set up for most of the victims. Sadly, it also inspired a case of mistaken identity and false accusations.
A Facebook profile falsely accused a man in December of being the Kensington Strangler, but police managed to rule him out quickly. Our story from December on this case warned people to be careful about jumping to conclusions. Even if reading a background check on someone, it's easy to confuse someone with another person with a similar name. The falsely accused man was lucky that nobody took the law into their own hands in stopping who they thought was the Kensington Strangler.
The police aren't saying much at the time of writing about the man they have in custody, other than his name and that DNA evidence links the homeless man to three of the murders attributed to the Kensington Strangler. Rodriguez matches the witness descriptions very closely, the police said in their Monday night news conference.
With four surviving witnesses in addition to the DNA evidence, the reign of the Kensington Strangler appears to be at an end.