“I commend our partners in the FBI, the Puerto Rico Police Bureau and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice for their dedicated and tireless efforts that resulted in the indictment and arrest of the accused,” United States attorney Muldrow said in a written statement . “We will continue to work towards ending gender-based violence and offer our deepest condolences to the victim’s family.”
Verdejo-Sanchez was arrested on a federal criminal complaint alleging: (1) fatal kidnapping in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1201; (2) fatal carjacking in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 2119 (3); and (3) intentionally killing an unborn child in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1841, also known as the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004” or “Laci and Conner’s Law”. Penalties under the kidnapping and carjacking laws include life in prison or the death penalty, and life in prison for the willful killing of an unborn child.
“Puerto Rico mourns Keishla Rodríguez. Our deepest condolences to your family and friends. The Puerto Rico Police Bureau and federal agencies worked together as a team for many hours to get this cold murder resolved in a timely manner. The commitment, passion and experience of our police officers were crucial in solving this murder in 48 hours. It shows how important collaboration is for our public safety. We will continue to work together and seek justice for Keishla, ”said Alexis Torres, Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security.
“I congratulate the police officers, public prosecutors and forensics staff, who are the only team who work tirelessly and with the greatest commitment to solve Keishla’s case in an agile and precise manner. Our commitment to her family has been to do justice to Keishla from day one and we have already begun, ”said Antonio López, commissioner of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau.