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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping


Nathaniel Rodriguez, 41, of Philadelphia, PA pled guilty today to two counts of kidnapping, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. On November 6, 2015, Rodriquez forced victim #1 to accompany him to several ATM machines on South Street in Philadelphia, and to take money from one machine. On November 11, 2015, Rodriguez forced victim #2 to drive him from Center City to ATM machines near Aramingo Avenue and I-95, and attempted to take money from those machines. Rodriguez forced victim #2 to buy him cigarettes before fleeing with the victim’s car and cell phone.

The defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arlene Fisk.

Updated July 5, 2016