Kensington strangler suspect arrested

    Philadelphia Police have arrested a person of interest in the case of the Kensington strangler.

    According to Philly.com and other news sources, Antonio Rodriguez, 22, who was named a Person of Interest in the case of the ‘Kensington Strangler’ using DNA found during the investigation, has been taken into police custody following a press conference held Monday evening.

    Police say Rodriguez, who goes by the nickname “Black,” was linked to the murders after a positive DNA match was made.

    For weeks now, police have been looking for a man who sexually assaulted and strangled Nicole Piacentini, 35, and Elaine Goldberg, 21, in November. Police say DNA evidence tied the two murders to one individual.

    DNA test results received linked that same man to Casey Mahoney, 27, who was murdered in December. The “strangler” is also believed to have sexually assaulted three other women who survived.

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