Charges against Springfield kidnapping suspect Miguel Rodriguez


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.

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Rodriguez pleaded not guilty in Springfield District Court Thursday morning and is facing the following charges:

  • Kidnapping
  • 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.

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