Police: Men who held family hostage likely involved in other home invasions


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Three men arrested after an hours-long standoff and hostage situation in Providence were arraigned Wednesday on felony charges.

Pedro Gomez, 28, Jose Rodriguez, 32, and Andre Savage, 23, are accused of holding a mother, father and their 8-year-old boy against their will inside a second-floor apartment at 22 Norwich Ave.

According to police, the armed suspects invaded the home around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. Police said they were alerted to the situation by a 22-year-old resident of the apartment who had jumped out of a window.

Negotiators spoke with the suspects and convinced them to release the hostages one by one. The mother was released around 5:30 a.m., police said, followed by the boy a couple of hours later and finally the father just before 9 a.m.

In court Wednesday, police revealed that one victim reported being hit in the head, held at gunpoint and asked for drugs. Investigators believe the suspects may have targeted the wrong home.

The victims were unhurt, according to police, but were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Once the family was safe, the three suspects were taken into custody. Police said they seized three handguns and multiple phones.

Gomez, Rodriguez and Savage face burglary, assault, kidnapping, and firearms charges. No plea was entered at their arraignment on Wednesday and the cases were referred to Superior Court. All three were ordered held without bail.

Outside court, Providence Police Major David Lapatin said the suspects were likely involved in previous home invasions in Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket.

“I think we’ve gotten probably 10 or 11 people off the street since those home invasions started a year, year and a half ago. This was a big arrest for us,” he said.

It was also learned in court that all three men are Superior Court violators.

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