Grand jury indicts men involved in Motel 6 standoff in Warwick

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — A Providence grand jury has indicted two men accused of being involved in a standoff at a Motel 6 in Warwick last year.

Police said 19-year-old Noel Rodriguez and 29-year-old George Santana were driving a stolen car back in September. A Cranston man told police he was robbed at gunpoint by the two suspects.

Rodriguez, of Providence, and Santana, of New York, took off with the victim’s iPhone and money.

Shortly after, the two suspects, police said, followed another man and his wife — who was nine months pregnant at the time — to their home from a Warwick gas station.

Police said the men pulled into the driveway behind the couple’s car and allegedly pointed a gun to the man’s head.

They robbed him of his iPhone and cash, said investigators. Santana began to beat the man in the head with the gun.

Police said the 29-year-old punched the pregnant wife in the face, knocking her to the ground.

Soon after, the stolen cars and the suspects were found at the Warwick Motel 6, where an hours-long standoff took place.

Tuesday, the grand jury charged Santana with the following:

  • First-degree robbery
  • Four counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery
  • Two counts of first-degree carjacking, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree carjacking
  • Two counts of using a firearm while in commission of a crime of violence of first-degree robbery
  • Two counts of carrying a revolver without a license, two counts of conspiracy to carry a revolver without a license
  • Two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon
  • Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon
  • One count of using a firearm while in commission of a crime of violence of assault with a deadly weapon
  • Two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle,
  • Two counts of conspiracy to possess a stolen vehicle

Rodriguez was charged with the following:

  • Four counts of first-degree robbery
  • Four counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery
  • Two counts of first-degree carjacking
  • Two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree carjacking
  • Two counts of using a firearm while in commission of a crime of violence of first-degree robbery
  • Two counts of carrying a revolver without a license
  • Two counts of conspiracy to carry a revolver without a license
  • Two counts of assault with a deadly weapon
  • Two counts of conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon
  • One count of using a firearm while in commission of a crime of violence of assault with a deadly weapon
  • One count of simple assault
  • Two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle,
  • Two counts of conspiracy to possess a stolen vehicle

Both men are expected to face a Providence Superior Court judge this month.

 

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