Cape May Court House, New Jersey (November 23, 2016)– Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor, Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner, as a result of a joint investigation, announced the arrest of Alycha Rodriguez.
On November 15, 2016, the Lower Township Police Department responded to the 100 block of Willow Drive in North Cape May for a report of a possible overdose involving a 30 year old female. Upon arrival it was determined that the victim was deceased. The victim was pregnant at the time of her death. Prosecutor Taylor stated, “This untimely death of a mother- to- be, shows the devastating effects associated with addiction”.
Also, on November 15, 2016, the Middle Township Street Crimes Unit, while in the area of the Beach House Motel, observed a female with a knife chasing two males out of room 132 of the Beach House motel and into the parking lot of the Walmart where a physical altercation took place between one of the males and the female. The investigation revealed that the two males had committed a robbery while inside room 132. As a result the male, identified as William Murray 28, of the Villas section in Lower Township was charged with Robbery and Conspiracy to commit robbery and was placed in Cape May County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. The female, identified as Alycha Rodriguez, 22, originally from Brooklyn, New York and temporarily staying at the Beach House Motel, was charged with Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and lodged in the County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. The other male had fled the area and Middle Township Police are currently attempting to identify him.
A subsequent joint investigation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower and Middle Township Police Departments identified Alycha Rodriguez as being the person that sold suspected heroin to the overdose victim in Lower Township. On November 21st, Rodriguez was charged with Strict Liability of Drug Induced Death, a crime of the first degree, Violation of a law to protect public health and safety, a crime of the second degree as well as possession and distribution of heroin, both third degree charges. As a result of these charges her bail was increased to one million dollars, which was set by the Honorable Judge Garrabrant.
Prosecutor Taylor advises that persons convicted of a first degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison; persons convicted of a second degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 5 to 10 years and persons convicted of third degree crimes are subject to a term of imprisonment of 3 to 5 years.
Prosecutor Taylor urges anyone who has information concerning this case or any illegal activity within the community to report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-465-2800 or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.