WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. | The man accused in an Allentown home invasion and rape is also accused of phoning in a fake drug overdose about two weeks earlier.
Whitehall Township police charged Paulino Rodriguez III in connection with a bogus emergency call he allegedly made Feb. 12 because of an argument he had with his girlfriend.
Township police and the Cetronia Ambulance Corps were dispatched to an apartment at 900 Mickley Road shortly after 6 p.m. Feb.12 for a reported drug overdose. Police said no one answered the door, and officers didn’t know whether someone from maintenance would be responding to unlock the apartment, according to court records.
Police decided to force their way inside.
Once inside the apartment, officers didn’t find anyone overdosing. They did eventually find the resident, who said he was unaware of any emergency, according to records.
He later contacted police to report that his daughter had text messages from Rodriguez allegedly admitting to making the call.
Rodriguez allegedly texted his girlfriend admitting that he called in the overdose and said her mother had drugs in the apartment. She told police that she and Rodriguez had been arguing, so she didn’t drive him all the way home from work that day instead dropping him off at a gas station.
Whitehall police charged the 23-year-old with a single misdemeanor count of false alarm to a public safety agency. District Judge Todd Heffelfinger arraigned Rodriguez Tuesday night, setting bail at $10,000.
Rodriguez was already in custody after Allentown police arrested him Sunday night for allegedly breaking into a couple’s apartment and terrorizing them for more than three hours. Authorities allege he pistol whipped the man and raped the women before forcing her at gunpoint to withdraw cash from an ATM.