Miguel Rodriguez was in court today to face charges for kidnapping 11 year old Springfield girl Charlotte Moccia on her way home from school.
— Matt Caron (@MattCaronTV) January 16, 2020
— Matt Reed (@MattReedNews) January 16, 2020
Miguel Rodriguez of Springfield is accused of kidnapping an 11 y/o Springfield girl, leading to the #Amberalert yesterday. He’s being held without bail, to undergo a mental health evaluation. #wcvb pic.twitter.com/2X97dZ7uVx
— Sera Congi (@seracongi) January 16, 2020
https://t.co/tzNfShQdCU huge thank you to the couple who didn’t lose site of this prick.
— Aaron Moccia (@Moccia_Aaron) January 16, 2020
We’ve since learned more details about his history.
- He threatened to stab her if she tried to get out of the car or scream.
- He was seen on video surveillance watching her walk home from the bus the day before, which means this was premeditated and he targeted this girl in particular.
- In court today he was held without bail and is undergoing mental health evaluation.
According to his family, Miguel Rodriguez of Springfield has had a history of schizophrenia and paranoia. The 24-year-old was arrested Wednesday, accused of forcing an 11-year-old girl into a car and abducting her on her way home from school.
“We heard about it in the news, when we heard the Amber Alert,” said Rodriguez’ father, Henry, at the family’s home on Bay Street in Springfield. “The kids came and told me and they say ‘yeah, this looks like Miguel’s car.”
“We knew that sooner or later he was going to do something of this nature,” said Henry Rodriguez. “But not something this crazy.”
Miguel’s father talked about the times his son would stand outside the house and spit at cars or even try and kick them as they drove past. According to the father, Miguel’s sister has had to take out a restraining order against him due to sporadic violent attacks toward her. The police were called, according to the family, when he first started acting out three years ago. Miguel had been given medication by Baystate Medical Center, according to Henry but he didn’t take them.
“He said he’s not crazy. He said he didn’t feel nothing. He said he didn’t like the flavor of the medications … We wanted him to take them but we couldn’t make him,” Henry said.
As the father spoke of his son, both Miguel’s brother and mother listened on the stairs. The whole family was shocked by the events of the day.
“We feel really bad, you know, as parents. We have kids ourselves,” said Rodriguez. “We feel relieved that the girl was found safe and sound. We were relieved that nothing happened to that little girl and that she is back with her family. We are grateful she’s all right.
“We want to say sorry to her and her family for what they went through in those hours.”
Some quick thoughts on this:
- I do feel bad for the family because clearly their son has mental health issues and they can’t force him to medicate.
- At the same time, they knew that the car the cops were looking for matched the description of Miguel’s vehicle and unless I’m missing something they didn’t call the police.
- When someone is so insane that they spit on cars and their sisters have restraining orders out against them, their consent should not be required in order to be institutionalized. This is a free country, but we still have a duty to protect the innocent from obvious threats. This girl could’ve easily been killed by this lunatic if civilians didn’t assist in tracking him down.
Rodriguez has two Facebook pages, which seem to indiciate that he is indeed cuckoo for cocoa puffs. His current page is almost entirely anime.
A look at his likes includes random Indian television personalities, spam online dating services, blogs, and other things that would stick out as red flags for a 24 year old man in Springfield.
The other page is just him posting selfies.
Again, he was arrested last year in the Walmart parking lot for indecent assault and battery on a minor.
If he was mentally ill at the time, then why wasn’t this brought up to the judge? This isn’t a minor crime. It indicates that he is a threat to children. Why wasn’t he forced to undergo treatment? Most likely this is yet another example of “criminal justice reform” helping criminals, but endangering the public.
Lot more to come on this story I’m sure.
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