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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
April 02, 2012

DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF JOSEPH PABON IN 2009 MURDER AT LOWER MANHATTAN OFFICE BUILDING

Jury Convicts Defendant of Murder and Kidnapping

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the conviction of JOSEPH PABON, 27, by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of Murder in the Second Degree and Kidnapping in the First Degree for the murder of Eridania Rodriguez in July 2009.

“The defendant hunted down the victim in this case, a co-worker and mother of three, like a predator,” said District Attorney Vance. “He senselessly and brutally murdered her, and discarded her body as if it were trash. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and hope this verdict provides some closure. I would also like to thank the skilled and experienced prosecutors in this Office for their work on this case, and the jury for its service.”

On the evening of July 7, 2009, PABON was working as a freight elevator operator at an office building at 2 Rector Street, where Rodriguez also worked as a member of the cleaning staff. PABON followed Rodriguez to the 8th floor of the building, where he attacked her and suffocated her with industrial tape. The defendant then used the freight elevator that he operated to transport her body to the 12th floor and hide it in an air duct, where it was discovered four days later.

Assistant District Attorneys Christine Keenan and Virginia Nguyen prosecuted the case, under the supervision of Trial Bureau 40 Chief Armand Durastanti. Assistant District Attorney Ann Prunty, Counsel to the Trial Division, and Trial Preparation Assistant Colin Stroud also assisted with the case.

PABON is expected to be sentenced on May 11, 2012.

Defendant Information:

JOSEPH PABON, D.O.B. 5/12/1984

Staten Island, NY

Convicted:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
  • Kidnapping in the First Degree, a class A felony, one count