Men in Motel 6 standoff had committed armed robberies, punched pregnant woman

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – The two men involved in a standoff at a Motel 6 in Warwick were arraigned Wednesday. According to authorities, prior to the standoff the two had committed multiple armed robberies.

After authorities were notified that Noel Rodriguez and George Santana were driving a stolen vehicle, they got a 911 one call from a man in Cranston saying he had been robbed at gunpoint by the men. An investigation confirmed the men had approached the victim as he got out of his car and pistol-whipped him.

The men made off with the victim’s iPhone and cash. The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with head injuries.

After that, police got another call, this time from Vinton Ave. in Cranston. The men had followed a male victim and his wife, who is nine months pregnant, to their home from a Warwick gas station. The men pulled into the driveway behind the couple’s car, and put a gun to the male victim’s head. They robbed him of his iPhone and cash, and authorities say Santana began to beat the man in the head with the gun.

As the man was being beaten, Santana punched the pregnant wife in the face, knocking her to the ground.

Not long after, the stolen vehicles and the men were located at the Warwick Motel 6, where an hours-long standoff took place.

Santana is being held without bail. Rodriguez was granted bail, but has not posted yet.

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