Two men arrested for double homicide and kidnapping as two-year-old boy they took is found roaming the streets
By JAMES NYE, ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 11:59 EST, 11 August 2013 | UPDATED: 05:53 EST, 12 August 2013
Two men were arrested in a double homicide and the abduction of a 2-year-old boy from a Rhode Island home, while the boy was found unharmed, wandering the streets of Providence, local police said.
The boy, Isaiah Perez, was found in 'good health,' authroties said.
The search Perez, began after two bodies were discovered about 5:20 a.m. at a home in Johnston, a town of 30,000 residents less than 10 miles from Providence.
Authorities said Malcolm W. Crowell, 22, fled a home on Oaktree Drive with Isaih Perez at about 5:20 a.m. The home is the scene of a double homicide
Johnston Deputy Police Chief Daniel Parrillo said investigators believe the two were killed between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. and the boy was taken from the home. The names of the two dead were not immediately released.
By the afternoon, Malcolm Crowell, 22, was arrested in Fall River, Mass., and Daniel Rodriguez, 27 or 28, was arrested that evening in Providence, Parrillo said.
Both suspects are from Providence, but Parillo would not say why police suspect the two or how they are related to each other or to the victims.
Investigators were working to determine the relationships among the boy, his abductor and the two homicide victims. 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 in the day. ‘We don't believe the child was harmed, and we're just hoping that he will be safely returned.’
Authorities also were trying to obtain a photograph of the child to help with the search.
When the boy went missing, a nationwide Amber Alert was issued that identified the child and also named Crowell as a suspect.
Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio initially said Crowell was captured in Fall River. But Procopio later backtracked and would only say he was told the man in custody wasn't involved in the child's disappearance.
Parrillo said Sunday evening that he couldn't explain the confusion among Massachusetts State Police surrounding Crowell's status as a suspect.
State police say a suspect in a double homicide has snatched a 2-year-old boy from a Rhode Island home and is on the run.
An Amber Alert has been issued for Isaih Perez, who was discovered missing from a Johnston home at 5:20 a.m. Sunday.
Authorities say they believe 22-year-old Malcolm Crowell of Providence has the boy. They say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Crowell is described as a 5-foot-6-inch black man who weighs 145 pounds. They say he has tattoos on his chest and both forearms.
WPRI-TV reports that Isaih lived with the two people who were found dead.
Police say Crowell had a link to the boy, but they wouldn't elaborate.
Johnston is a town of 30,000 residents less than 10 miles from Providence.
'We don't know any possible destination for him,' said Johnston Deputy Police Chief Dan Parillo.
Johnston Police said this morning Malcolm W. Crowell, kidnapped 2-year-old Isaih Perez from 3 Oaktree Drive in Johnston around 5:20 a.m. after a double homicide.
'We believe he may be involved in the homicide, and that’s why he’s considered armed and dangerous,' said Johnston Deputy Police Chief Daniel Parrillo in a phone interview with Boston.com just after noon today.
'He’s definitely considered a suspect, and that’s why we want to speak to him. We haven’t issued an arrest warrant for him.'
This undated photo released by the Rhode Island State Police through the Amber Alert website shows Malcolm Crowell, 22, (left) and Isaiah Perez (right) the two-year-old boy who he kidnapped who is still missing
Crowell is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and 145 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. It was unclear what kind of vehicle he was driving or what direction he was heading
'He's possibly operating a small, black passenger vehicle. We don't have any confirmation of any other description on a plate or on him,' Parillo said.
'He should be considered armed and dangerous,' Parillo said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rhode Island State Police.
Monique Rodrigues, who lives on Hilltop Drive, returned from a family vacation to discover police and yellow crime-scene tape two streets from her home.
'It's definitely nerve-wracking,' said Rodrigues.
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