The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 5, 2013

Selinsgrove police nab Allentown slaying suspect

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE — SELINSGROVE — A 27-year-old Allentown man sought in connection with a Sunday morning slaying in Lehigh County was arrested hours later in Selinsgrove.

Pedro Junior Rodriguez, of Allentown, was taken into custody hours after Robert T. Brandon, 39, of Allentown, was found dying on the street near his home from multiple stab wounds.

Brandon was pronounced dead at 8:06 a.m. Sunday at a Lehigh County hospital.

The manner of death was homicide and the cause of death will be determined at an autopsy, Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin said.

According to published reports, Rodriguez fled with a girlfriend to Selinsgrove in Snyder County, where they once lived before moving to Allentown in the past two years.

Selinsgrove Police Chief Thomas Garlock said his department received a call from Allentown police at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday inquiring about Rodriguez and it was confirmed the suspect was in Snyder County.

Rodriguez turned himself in at the borough police station without incident at about 4:30 p.m.

Following his arrest, Rodriguez was taken before District Judge Leo S. Armbruster in Lewisburg for a preliminary arraignment and returned to Lehigh County, escorted by Allentown police officers early Monday.

Rodriguez was arraigned again on one count of homicide in Lehigh County Central Booking by District Judge Michael Pochron early Monday.

No bail was set due to the severity of the charge.

Martin lauded Allentown police officer Christopher Hendricks’ “valiant effort” to save Brandon’s life by performing CPR and applying pressure to a wound to stop the bleeding. According to the prosecutor’s press release, Hendricks was at Brandon’s side when he made a dying declaration identifying “Pedro” as his attacker.