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‘The Amber Alert was invaluable’: What we know about the alleged abduction, and rescue, of a Springfield 11-year-old

The man accused of abducting an 11-year-old Springfield lady whereas she was on her approach house from college was ordered at his arraignment Thursday to be held pending a dangerousness listening to and to bear a psychological well being analysis. 

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A not responsible plea was entered on behalf of Miguel Rodriguez, 24, of Springfield, who’s accused of kidnapping Charlotte Moccia Wednesday afternoon and driving off along with her in his automotive. State police issued an Amber Alert round 5 p.m. for the lady, sharing pictures of the 11-year-old and the automotive she was believed to be taken in. 

Just a few hours later, state troopers pulled over and arrested Rodriguez after motorists driving eastbound on the Mass. Pike noticed the automotive he was driving, which matched the description of the automobile in the alert. 

The 11-year-old was present in the backseat with no seen accidents. 

Following the incident, authorities thanked the public for serving to police to rapidly find and rescue the lady.

“What happened is I think every parent’s worst nightmare,” Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood stated throughout a press convention Wednesday night. 

Situations the place a stranger abducts a small little one are sometimes “very few and far between,” she stated. 

“That’s exactly what we had this afternoon,” she stated of how the day unfolded. “What worked well is what we practice for, what we train for, and what I have the technology for — everybody came together, pictures were given of the vehicle, her description was given out immediately … The biggest factor I think in this was the assistance of the public. The tips coming in were amazing.” 

Below, what we know about the alleged kidnapping, the man accused of abducting her, and how authorities labored to find the lacking 11-year-old lady. 

‘We knew that time was of the essence’

Springfield police stated Moccia was returning house from Hampden Charter School Wednesday afternoon, strolling to her home, when a stranger grabbed her and took her in his automotive, a darkish blue Honda. 

Police reported that she had been final seen on Lafayette Street round 1:30 p.m. 

She was screaming, acquired in undoubtedly unwillingly, and they left the space,” Clapprood stated.

Maggie Kenney instructed CBS Boston she witnessed the abduction from her entrance porch. When the lady was grabbed, she screamed for her husband to name the police. 

“‘Call the cops, call the cops, call the cops!’” Kenney stated. “I’m screaming, yelling to wake up the neighborhood. (The girl) was saying ‘Stop! Put me down!’ It was terrible. I thought I was dreaming or sleeping. I couldn’t believe it, in the day, at 1:30 that this was going on.”

Surveillance video from her house helped investigators in the following hours, in line with the station. 

Clapprood stated investigators knew “time was of the essence.” 

“This was not the kind of case that we could go home or we could hand over or we could say we’ll continue this in the morning,” she stated. “This was an absolute life and death situation for this little girl. So we dedicated all our resources to it and we had a lot of help.”

Authorities shared Moccia’s description and that of the automobile with the public and different regulation enforcement businesses as they labored to ensure the scenario met the {qualifications} of an Amber Alert. Investigators gathered movies of the lady strolling house from house surveillance cameras, which they had been in a position to share extensively. 

This is a image of the automotive the SPD believes was concerned in Wednesday’s abduction. The photograph was taken in the metropolis on Tuesday. #discoverCharlotte pic.twitter.com/BMW5ODoQKV

— Ryan Walsh (@PIO_SPD) January 15, 2020

“We have to go through certain steps to qualify for [an Amber Alert],” Clapprood stated. “You have to be pretty certain that it’s a child abduction where we have enough information for the state police to give out an Amber Alert. And we want to be certain about that information. We gave it to local [agencies], and we were working on it a lot quicker than that.” 

The Amber Alert was issued by state police simply earlier than 5:30 p.m. 

Tips had been coming in “left and right” about sightings of darkish blue, two-door Hondas, Claprood stated. 

“I’m sorry if you were pulled over several times tonight, but it was worth it,” she stated, addressing members of the public who might have automotive of a related make or mannequin as that described in the alert. 

Around 7:15 p.m., state police stated a number of motorists known as 911 to report being behind a automotive, eastbound on the Mass. Pike, that matched the description in the Amber Alert. A reported license plate quantity was put by way of the plate readers on the freeway gantries to find the automobile, together with eyewitness studies. 

Troopers working a highway building element on the pike in Brimfield slowed visitors to 1 lane and stopped the suspect automobile. 

“We quickly located Charlotte in the backseat of the vehicle and instantly removed her from the vehicle,” State Police Lt. Charles Murray, one of those that participated in the visitors cease, stated throughout a press convention. 

Troopers noticed a knife in the pocket of the automobile door and eliminated the driver, later recognized as Rodriguez, at gunpoint. He was arrested and transported to state police barracks and ultimately handed over to Springfield police. 

The 11-year-old lady was transported to a hospital for analysis. As of Thursday morning, in line with Springfield police, she had been launched and reunited along with her household.

We hope that she is going to overcome the horrible reminiscence of this incident and have a lengthy and joyful, productive life,” Murray stated Wednesday evening.

His colleague Lt. Bob Ackerman, who was additionally at the scene when Moccia was situated, stated he couldn’t imagine how “strong” the 11-year-old was in coping with the scenario and talking with the troopers.

She’s a tremendous little lady,” he stated. “I couldn’t believe how she kept it all together, speaking with us. It’s amazing.”  

Clapprood careworn that the technological assets and assist supplied from different businesses, the public, and native media had been all key in finding Moccia and stopping a “very different” consequence.  

“They don’t happen that often,” Clapprood stated. “When you’re using it you want to make sure that you’re right in using it and it’s a situation that applies. Because, God forbid, you don’t want to start using this system when it’s not a real Amber Alert.” 

Both Clapprood, state police, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno repeatedly credited the public’s response and assist. 

“The Amber Alert was invaluable in this case,” Clapprood stated. 

He had her for nefarious causes’

Rodriguez is dealing with fees of kidnapping, assault with a harmful weapon, and witness intimidation fees in reference to the incident, the Boston Globe studies

His dangerousness listening to is scheduled for Wednesday. 

Springfield police stated Thursday that Rodriguez is the sole suspect in the abduction and authorities usually are not on the lookout for anybody else in reference to the kidnapping.

Clapprood stated the automotive concerned in the abduction was noticed in the space on Tuesday and that Rodriguez is understood to police. 

She stated she is “very glad” authorities had been in a position to get Moccia away from him once they did. 

“We’ve all been doing this a long time … this is, thank God, it’s a rare occurrence and we know how badly this could have ended up,” she stated. “He was evil and he had her for nefarious reasons, so the worst can become of this — it was a matter of finding her quickly and not giving him time.”

Rodriguez’s father, Henry, instructed MassDwell his son has a historical past of schizophrenia and paranoia and that the police had been known as on the 24-year-old about three years in the past when he first began experiencing issues. 

His son wasn’t taking the treatment he was prescribed, the father stated, and one of the 24-year-old’s sisters had taken a restraining order out towards him.

“We knew that sooner or later he was going to do something of this nature,” Henry Rodriguez instructed the outlet. “But not something this crazy.”

The household additionally acquired the Amber Alert when it went out. Henry Rodriguez stated he and his household are sorry for what Charlotte Moccia and her family members went by way of. 

We really feel actually unhealthy, you know, as dad and mom,” he stated. “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.” 

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