NEWARK–On Saturday, March 31, the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit arrested a Massachusetts fugitive wanted for kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of his 17-year-old step daughter.
On March 28, the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Unit requested assistance from the New Jersey State Police with locating Eduardo Rodriguez, 40, of Fall River, Mass. His alleged crimes occurred in Fall River on March 23.
Rodriguez is accused of drugging his stepdaughter, kidnapping her, violently beating and sexually assaulting her. He then allegedly dumped her unconscious body behind a strip mall in Fall River.
The victim survived and was able to identify Rodriguez as her attacker, authorities said. A warrant was issued for his arrest by detectives in Massachusetts. Information developed by investigators indicated that he may have fled to Newark. Rodriguez is originally from Newark and is a documented Latin Kings member in the Newark area, authorities said.
Troopers working the case in New Jersey interviewed associates of Rodriguez in the Newark area. These interviews revealed that he may have been responsible for two other sexual assaults upon juvenile family members, authorities said. They were also able to confirm that he was currently in the Newark area.
On Saturday, March 31, detectives tracked Rodriguez to a parking lot on Oliver Street in Newark. He was placed under arrest and lodged in the Essex County Detention Center pending extradition to Massachusetts.
The charges are merely an accusation and Rodriguez is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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