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3 arrested in death of man found under mattress in NYC hotel

Posted at 9:21 AM, May 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-23 09:44:35-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Three people have been arrested in the death of a New Jersey man found dead under a mattress at a Manhattan hotel.

Twenty-eight-year-old Roderick Goodwin of Bridgeton, New Jersey was found dead at the Hilton Garden Inn early Monday.

Police say 31-year-old Christine O’Brien of West New York, New Jersey was arrested Thursday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Gabriel Pena and 28-year-old Jennifer Rodriguez, both of Brooklyn, were arrested Friday.

All face charges of second-degree murder in Goodwin’s death. In addition, Rodriguez faces a first-degree robbery charge.

Police said earlier they believed the killing was linked to prostitution.

It wasn’t clear if the three had attorneys who could comment on the charges.

The hotel is on West 35th Street near Penn Station in a part of Manhattan bustling with tourists and business travelers.