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RI suspect had previous murder charged dismissed

This undated photo released by the Rhode Island State Police through the Amber Alert website shows Malcolm Crowell, 22, who is sought after two people were found dead and a 2-year-old child missing from a Johnston, R.l., apartment Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. A nationwide Amber Alert for toddler Isaih Perez was issued shortly after police were called at 5:20 a.m. to the home in Johnston. (AP Photo)

This undated photo released by the Rhode Island State Police through the Amber Alert website shows Malcolm Crowell, 22, who is sought after two people were found dead and a 2-year-old child missing from a Johnston, R.l., apartment Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. A nationwide Amber Alert for toddler Isaih Perez was issued shortly after police were called at 5:20 a.m. to the home in Johnston. (AP Photo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The man charged with killing two women and kidnapping a 2-year-old boy in Rhode Island has a criminal history that includes a previous murder arrest.

Daniel Rodriguez was charged in the 2003 shooting death of 26-year-old Tyrone Tate in a Providence housing project. Court records show that case was dismissed in 2006 after a witness failed to appear in court.

Rodriguez was also charged in 2007 with the attempted kidnapping of a former girlfriend. WJAR-TV reports that case was dropped when she refused to testify.

Rodriguez is now charged with killing another ex-girlfriend, 40-year-old Evelyn Burgos, and her daughter, 25-year-old Vanessa Perez in Johnston on Sunday. He also is accused of abducting Burgos' 2-year-old son, Isaiah Perez, who was later found unharmed in Providence.

Burgos recently sought a restraining order against Rodriguez.


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