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Kidnapping Suspect’s Family Is “Sorry” Despite Not Calling Police, Facebook Page Shows That He’s Clearly Mentally Unbalanced

 

Miguel Rodriguez was in court today to face charges for kidnapping 11 year old Springfield girl Charlotte Moccia on her way home from school.

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.

His family is speaking out as well:

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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  1. It’s really hard to get a person involuntarily committed. The criteria are way higher than spitting at cars, unfortunately. And when they are committed, they are released as soon as possible. Usually within a couple says when they take their first couple doses of medication.

    1. Sad. And very stupid on everyone’s part .doctors need to have a big plan for this and no it does happen 9 over night that they act like this people have enough time to see phychosis happening.it posses me off.

  2. Ok some very close to me has this illness .They need meds they can’t be off meds and doctors need to make sure they take them .or his family.a person with illness is sick to sick to understand what he us doing thank God that child is alive and ok but still a person who is not taking meds and people see this phuchois happens should be at fault .I am my brothers keeper I am the that make calm sire my live one is safe and others .this oh he’s sick we saw it should be in jail also call 911 or go to court to make him I understood doctors are nothing but drug givers some needs to watch this man and sure safty is there I’m up set that he can use his illness to say he didn’t know he knows nothing people who don’t care about anyone and watch as a man gets this sicccountable or doctors or to have in a hospital were he’s safe and u if not on meds .I make sure my love is healthy someone needs to be watching people with disease.it not right gives my love a bad name take the meds or be in a hospital no chose.now we watch as he god to hail and no is held countable for millions of others just sent out in the world alone to be penalized for his illness.this whole health issue upsets me .some one needs to help it not right it takes a man to take a child for u to see what can happen without meds.

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