Update: Police report Friday afternoon that Rodriguez has been arrested.
Saugerties police are searching for a man who broke into a home in the village and tried to take the homeowner’s pills at gunpoint at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19.
The alleged perpetrator, 21-year-old Andrew S. Rodriguez, allegedly threatened to shoot the homeowner and his health aide if they didn’t give him the medication, and got physical with the homeowner; police arrived after both the healthcare aide and a neighbor who heard the commotion called 911. Rodriguez left the scene in a waiting vehicle that was parked in front of the home — no one involved saw the make and model of the vehicle, or its license plate number. Police said Rodriguez had a personal relationship with the homeowner, and that he is still considered armed and dangerous.
“It’s a desperate measure when you enter someone’s home with a gun,” said Police Chief Joseph Sinagra Friday morning. “If [locals] hear a knock at the door, they should know who it is — if they don’t, they should be calling the police.”
Police said Rodriguez is 5’9″ with black hair and brown eyes, and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Saugerties Police obtained a warrant for his arrest, in which he is charged with the felonies of first-degree attempted burglary and first-degree armed robbery.
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Andrew S. Rodriguez is asked to call the Saugerties Police Department (845) 246-9800. All calls will be kept confidential.