Trial begins for Kensington Strangler suspect

Antonio Rodriguez, the alleged Kensington Strangler, is accused of strangling three women in 2010 and faces life in prison if convicted. — PHOTOGRAPH FROM PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

The judge trial for the alleged Kensington Strangler was scheduled to begin Monday August 13.

The defendant, Antonio Rodriguez, 23, is an alleged serial killer accused of strangling three women: Casey Mahoney, Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini, and terrorizing the Kensington community during November and December 2010.

Investigators said that the defendant left his DNA at the crime scenes and they were able to connect him to each of the murders. Rodriguez has allegedly confessed to the crimes but has pleaded not guilty. He has been charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and related offenses.


Youths Arrested

Police attached with Southwest Detectives said they have arrested four young Black males wanted in connection with a crime spree. One of the suspects is a 16-year-old juvenile whose name has not been released by authorities.

Law enforcement authorities said that Shamar Logan, Khalil Oday and Lamar Potts committed at least three armed robberies and one rape in the Southwest section of Philadelphia, and the public was instrumental in facilitating their arrests. On August 3, 2012, at 1:45 a.m., a victim was on the 2900 block of South 70th Street when he was approached by the trio who demanded money. One of the males, who was armed with a black revolver, struck the victim multiple times on the head. The suspects took keys, cell phone and identification and fled in an unknown direction. Potts, Logan and Oday have been charged in this crime.

On the same day the trio struck again, this time with their 16-year-old accomplice. They targeted a victim on the 6900 block of Buist Avenue. They demanded money at gunpoint and the victim fled, saying he had no money. The suspects chased him down struck him several times with the handgun in the face. This time they fled the scene in a black Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows, heading west on Buist Avenue.

The next day on August 4 at 3:35 am, a male and a female companion were returning home from a convenience store at 70th Street and Grovers Avenue. While they were walking, an unknown male approached them, pulled a handgun and struck the victims in the head and took one of the victim’s wallet. The suspect then sexually assaulted the female victim and fled the area in an unknown direction.


Dirt Bikes

Philadelphia police struck in several different districts over the weekend and snatched another 29 dirt bikes and all terrain vehicles off of the streets. The confiscations are part of an on-going initiative by law enforcement to remove the bikes from the communities.

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