Bienvenido Rodriguez has been in hiding for 25 years. But it still overtook him when he least expected it, basking in the sun in the Dominican Republic. What prompted Bienvenido to hide?
In 1996, he committed a murder in Brooklyn. On a hot July day, he got into a fight with his acquaintance, 21-year-old Giovani Malpica. This young man accused Rodriguez of allegedly having an affair with his girlfriend. The clash between the guys took place on Dekalb Avenue. Malpica tried to escape, but Rodriguez caught up with him and stabbed him in the chest. Giovani dropped dead. There was no doubt that his opponent was guilty of murder, but Bienvenido managed to escape before being arrested and then leave the United States.
He began his wanderings in different countries, which lasted more than two decades. He was searched for, once tracked down in Chile, but the fugitive escaped and eventually reappeared in the Dominican Republic in 2018, where he felt relatively safe.
However, the New York police did not stop searching. NYPD Crime Stoppers used the Univision television network to broadcast the story of the Brooklyn murder. Rodriguez’s portrait appeared on television. After that, the police received numerous tips from the audience, and this helped in the end to arrest the criminal. He was extradited to the States. A resident of the Dominican Republic, who indicated the whereabouts of the wanted person to the police, received a reward of $ 3.5 thousand. This is the first time that Crime Stoppers pays someone outside the United States.
Recently, Rodriguez, who has turned gray over the years, was brought to trial. He is charged with murder. The judge refused to release him on bail before considering the case.
The murdered Giovani’s cousin, Alex Malpica, an NYPD detective who had nothing to do with the investigation, told reporters: “We are delighted that our family will finally have the satisfaction that justice will be done. I talked to my relatives. They did not believe that such a day would come, but nevertheless it happened. “
When justice prevails