SPRINGFIELD, MA- After the kidnapping of a young girl in Springfield, Massachusetts came to a safe end on Wednesday, the family of the accused kidnapper said they’re sorry to the victim and her family.
They also said the warning signs were all there.
Police had arrested Miguel Rodriguez after an outpouring of support and tips came in from the public regarding the missing 11-year-old girl that was found in his vehicle. According to family of the accused, Miguel had a history of schizophrenia and paranoia.
Both police and locals were on pins and needles earlier Wednesday morning after reports came in about the abduction of Charlotte Moccia. The student from the Hampden Charter School of Science in Chicopee was snatched by the suspect after she had gotten off the school bus at roughly 1:30 p.m. and was walking home.
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood described the abduction of Moccia as nothing short of abrupt and violent:
“She was screaming, got in definitely unwillingly, and they left the area.”
Once the Amber Alert was in effect, tips started flooding into the department.
A local couple had noticed a vehicle matching the suspect’s on Berkshire Avenue. They dialed 911 and began to follow the suspect’s car.
The couple were able to relay the license plate of the car to the 911 operator as well. When police finally descended upon Rodriguez’, they found Moccia in his vehicle seemingly physically unharmed.
Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood held a press conference this past Wednesday after the young girl was located:
“Troopers flooded the area after a motorist called 911 to report seeing a car matching the description put out by the Amber Alert. The car was located by troopers in a work zone and pulled over.”
Clapprood then stated that the girl was tended to by first responders on the scene and was transported to a nearby hospital for further examination:
“Her condition looks fair to good. Not sure how much she went through at this point. I can say there were no visible injuries on her.”
Henry, the father of Miguel, commented on the manhunt that ended with his son arrested:
“We heard about it in the news, when we heard the Amber Alert. 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. But not something this crazy.”
Miguel’s father went into detail about some of the acts normally associated with his son, noting how he would sometimes stand outside the house and spit at cars. He also added that occasionally Miguel would attempt to kick those passing-by vehicles as well.
While the accused kidnapper’s father claimed that the gravity of Miguel’s actions was somewhat shocking, his actions really shouldn’t be.
Miguel’s own sister had to file a restraining order against him due to his violent tendencies. News outlet WCVB 5 also obtained a restraining order that Miguel’s mother had to place against him. According to family members, Miguel started acting out about three years prior to the abduction.
Baystate Medical Center had prescribed Miguel with various medications to control his ailments, but his father said he often refused taking the meds:
“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.”
Miguel’s father Henry was shadowed by the suspect’s mother and brother, while he attempted to muster up some sort of condolence to the victim and her family:
“We feel really bad, you know, as parents. We have kids ourselves. 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.”
Miguel Rodriguez made an appearance in court on Thursday. The judge had denied bail for the accused and he’s also scheduled for mental health screenings as well.
It’s a welcome change in what we’re use to seeing in court systems these days. Take California, for example, where the San Francisco DA just dismissed 18 felonies against a man caught sex trafficking a 13-year-old girl.
Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s brand new district attorney, was never trying to hide his support of criminals. But this week, the extent of that support was made disgustingly clear.
Last week, a 13-year-old girl, Sienna Carter, went missing from the campus of the University of California San Francisco. Reportedly, the Fort Bragg girl and her family were at the school’s Madison clinic for her sister’s pediatric diabetes treatment.
Sienna stepped outside the building alone to “get some air.”
After a scary and unsettling weekend, Sienna was found safe at an Embarcadero ferry building. She was with a 22-year-old man. The man, identified as King John Baylon, was arrested on charges related to Sienna’s disappearance.
The charges amounted to 18 felonies and one misdemeanor. It was later reported that included in those charges were kidnapping, possession of child pornography, using a minor for sex acts, sexual intercourse with an underage person, oral copulation of a person under 18, lewd acts upon a child, and human trafficking of a minor.
Baylon’s bond was set at $1,000,000.
Two days later, Baylon was released from jail. No, he didn’t pay his bail. He was set free for other reasons.
UCSF Spokesperson Elizabeth Fernandez issued the following statement regarding Baylon’s release:
“We have just learned that the San Francisco District Attorney is setting aside charges pending further investigation into the case. I don’t have further information but wanted you to be aware as soon as we found this out.”
Excuse me, what? The SF DA’s office is SETTING ASIDE charges, as in not charging a 22-year-old adult male for engaging in sex acts and human trafficking with a 13-year-old CHILD?
When notified of her disappearance, a group of “citizen investigators” called Cold Case Mendocino began assisting Sienna’s family and police. They posted flyers all over the city and on social media, which brought several tips.
A restaurant worker in the Tenderloin district, Jaclyn Davis, called to report seeing Sienna. Jaclyn said she saw Sienna “shivering in an alley” and was concerned about her being alone, so she invited her to sit inside the restaurant.
Jaclyn said that Sienna “walked quickly and met a man, they embraced and walked off on foot.”
Ultimately, a tip from a Bay Area Rapid Transit employee led to authorities finding Sienna and Baylon at the ferry building. It wasn’t made clear where the two were staying during Sienna’s two-day disappearance.
Sienna’s phone was being consulted as evidence and it appeared that she met Baylon on the Internet.
It was not made clear what prompted the delay of charges. But the new DA ensures that all suspects are released if prosecutors do not file charges within 48 hours of their arrest.
So far, the only comment that the DA’s office would make is that “the case remains under investigation.”
Oh good. As long as it’s being investigated, there’s not way Baylon can get to other children to commit horrible, heinous sexual acts against them.
The insanity, absurdity, and repulsiveness of King John Baylon being a free man right now is completely unacceptable. This is exactly the type of situation that Law Enforcement Today has been warning about with Chesa Boudin’s election, and that thousands of San Francisco residents have been fearing.
Boudin introduced his “new style of justice” during his platform for SF District Attorney, proclaiming, “We aren’t going to criminalize poverty.”
Obviously they aren’t going to criminalize crimes either. Especially crimes against children, sexual in nature.
Chesa Boudin is beyond despicable.
The San Francisco Chronicle said they attempted to reach Baylon for comment but were unable to do so.
The dude is probably settled comfortably somewhere on a beach in Mexico with his pants down and a 13-year-old child on his lap.
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Prior to his release, people took to Cold Case Mendocino to comment on the report of Sienna being reunited with her family.
One person, Sonnet16Shakespeare said, “I am so impressed that this man, a rare find was arrested. The miracle that this young person was recovered ..reminds me of how important community is . We all need to let the world know that it’s over. We can not tolerate living in a world where you get away with these types of crimes.”
You’re right, Sonnet, we can’t tolerate living in a world where people get away with these types of crimes.
It’s unfortunate that Chesa Boudin disagrees.
Why does Chesa Boudin appear to be so against keeping criminals in jail?
Maybe it’s because he misses his mommy and daddy.
Both of Boudin’s parents were arrested and charged for murder during a robbery. His mom, Kathy Boudin, served 22 years in prison for the crime. His father, David Gilbert, is still there. It’s been reported that he may spend the rest of his life in prison (unless, of course, Boudin has anything to say about it. We’ll stay tuned on that). The victims of the murders were two police officers and a security guard.
“Growing up, I had to go through a metal detector and steel gates just to give my parents a hug,” Boudin said in his campaign video.
He went on to say that he experienced the “destructive effects” of mass incarceration, which is what has been his motivation for this criminal justice reform he so desperately seeks.
Um. Chesa? Any chance that maybe your life of metal detectors was thanks to your parents, you know, killing 3 human beings, all dedicated to lives of service to the public, when you were a toddler?
Let’s ask Officers Waverly L. Brown and Edward J. O’Grady, and Brinks employee Peter Paige. Oh, wait. We can’t, because they were murdered on October 20, 1981.
Meanwhile, Chesa is also determined to assure the legality of urinating and defecating in public streets. Prostitution? All good.
“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes,” Chesa announced. “Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted. Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted; we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness.”
Wait. Soliciting sex is a quality-of-life issue? I always thought it was a quality-of-person issue.
Much like murdering two police officers and a security guard.
And much like working tirelessly to deny victims the justice they seek and deserve.
Chesa Boudin’s swearing-in ceremony was held at Herbst Theater at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.