Court hearing expected in RI slayings, abduction

ERIKA NIEDOWSKI
Court hearing expected in RI slayings, abduction

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — One of two suspects in a weekend double homicide and child abduction was expected to be arraigned Monday in Massachusetts.

Malcolm Crowell, 22, was to appear on a fugitive-from-justice warrant, according to the clerk's office at Fall River District Court.

Crowell and Daniel Rodriguez, 27 or 28, were arrested Sunday in the two slayings and the abduction of 2-year-old Isaiah Perez, who was later found unharmed after a nationwide Amber Alert was issued.

The bodies were discovered about 5:20 a.m. Sunday at a home in suburban Johnston, a town of 30,000 residents less than 10 miles from Providence. The names of the dead were not immediately released, but Johnston Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini said one of the victims was the child's mother.

The boy was found around 8:15 p.m. in Providence after a police officer there spotted him walking around a housing project by himself.

Deputy Police Chief Daniel Parrillo said it was unclear whether the boy's abductor was living in the home, was a guest or was uninvited.

"What he was doing there, we have no idea," Parrillo said earlier on Sunday.

The house where the bodies were found is in a quiet wooded neighborhood near a reservoir. The property was closed off with police tape and the Johnston police crime scene unit was there Monday morning.

Parrillo said both suspects are from Providence, but he would not say why police suspect the two or how they are related to each other or to the victims. He said that one or both may be charged on Monday.

Johnston police have scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference Monday to discuss the case.

Parrillo said investigators believe the victims were killed between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. and the boy was taken from the home.

Crowell was arrested in Fall River, Mass., Sunday afternoon and Rodriguez was arrested that evening in Providence, Parrillo said. It was a state holiday in Rhode Island on Monday, so Rodriguez was not yet scheduled to appear in court.

When the boy vanished, the Amber Alert named Crowell as a suspect.