I-Team: Murder suspect has faced charge before - News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

I-Team: Murder suspect has faced charge before

Posted: Updated:
Daniel Rodriguez Daniel Rodriguez

A man accused of killing two women in Johnston and abducting a 2-year-old boy has faced charges of murder and kidnapping in the past, according to an NBC 10 I-Team investigation.

Court documents show it's not the first time Daniel Rodriguez has gone after a woman with a restraining order against him.

Evelyn Burgos, 40, was found shot to death Sunday morning inside her Johnston home, along with her 25-year-old daughter, Vanessa Perez.

Burgos had a temporary restraining order against Rodriguez, and she wrote in court documents that she was scared of him.

"I fear for my life ... He may be waiting for me hiding," she said in a domestic assault affidavit. "He told me he would kill me."

Court records obtained by the I-Team show it wasn't the first time Rodriguez allegedly attacked a woman with a restraining order against him.

Pawtucket police arrested him in October 2007 for allegedly kidnapping an ex-girlfriend at knife-point as she walked down the street.

Police reports paint a chilling picture.

The victim "… attempted to run but she was chased by Rodriguez, who grabbed her and then held a knife to her throat and forced her in the car," the police report said.

"Rodriguez told (her) he could kill her anytime he wanted," the police report said.

Police also say Rodriguez told the victim, "That (expletive) restraining order ain't doing (expletive) for your now, is it?" and "...you're lucky I have allowed you to live these past two months."

But prosecutors were forced to drop the charges when the victim didn't show up to testify, after telling Pawtucket police she feared for her life.

Years earlier, Rodriguez was arrested for murder after a shooting at the Hartford Park housing project in Providence. The gunshots were just out of view of surveillance cameras.

Providence detectives said the man known on the street as "Radio Dan" shot and killed 26-year-old Tyrone Tate inside a parked car. But despite several statements from witnesses who picked Rodriguez out of a photo line-up, he walked.

Prosecutors were again forced to drop the charges when a key witness failed to show up to testify.

Rodriguez also has served time for assault.

  • NBC 10 I-Team

  • Fraud and Waste Hot Line

    Trust the NBC 10 I-Team to uncover waste and fraud in Southern New England.

    Have a story the NBC 10 I-Team needs to know about?

    Call the I-Team Fraud and Waste Hotline at 401-455-9123 or e-mail iteam@wjar.com.

    About the I-Team

    NBC 10's I-Team was the first investigative unit in Rhode Island.

    Formed in 1979 by I-Team reporters Jim Taricani and Gary Scurka, the I-Team has produced award-winning investigations into organized crime, public corruption and social issues ranging from child abuse to battered women.

  • The I-TeamMore>>

  • Katie Davis

    Katie Davis

    Katie Davis is an I-Team reporter at NBC 10. She joined the team in January 2010 and is excited to live and work in New England.
    Katie Davis is an I-Team reporter at NBC 10. She joined the team in January 2010 and is excited to live and work in New England.
  • Parker Gavigan

    Parker Gavigan

    Parker Gavigan is an Associated Press award-winning journalist, and was named to the NBC 10 I-Team in January 2013. Parker digs deeper to get the answers that matter to you.
    Parker Gavigan is an Associated Press award-winning journalist, and was named to the NBC 10 I-Team in January 2013. Parker digs deeper to get the answers that matter to you.
Powered by WorldNow

23 Kenney Drive
Cranston, R.I., 02920

Telephone: 401.455.9100
Fax: 401.455.9140
Email: news@wjar.com

Can't find something?

NBC 10 Outerwear Provided by:

NBC 10 Media Relations
Provided by:

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.