SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – A Springfield man accused of abducting an 11-year-old girl while she was walking home from school Wednesday is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on January 22.
State police arrested 24-year-old Miguel Rodriguez after a driver spotted a car matching the description in the AMBER Alert in Sturbridge around 8:00 Wednesday night.
Rodriguez pleaded not guilty in Springfield District Court Thursday morning and is facing the following charges:
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
- Witness intimidation
The AMBER Alert was issued Wednesday afternoon after police say 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia was forced into a blue Honda Civic in the area of Princeton Street at 1:26 p.m. Charlotte was found safe and the alert was cancelled about six and a half hours after she was kidnapped.
The judge ordered a mental evaluation for Rodriguez and he is scheduled to be back in court January 22 for a dangerousness hearing.