SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The man accused of abducting an 11-year-old girl in Springfield is too dangerous to be released after a hearing at Springfield District Court Tuesday afternoon.
The judge ruled 24-year-old Miguel Rodriguez as too dangerous to be released on charges of kidnapping, assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon, and witness intimidation Tuesday afternoon.
Rodriguez was in court at 2 p.m. and was found competent during a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. He is currently being seen by a court-appointed doctor to see if any other mental health services are needed. He’ll continue treatment at Bridgewater for the next 30 days.
Assistant District Attorney Rachael Eramo told 22News the court hearing was expected to start Tuesday morning, however, Rodriguez was held up at Bridgewater due to unfinished paperwork that needed to be completed.
Rodriguez’s dangerousness hearing was delayed after a judge ordered him to undergo a psych evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. He was also ordered to be held without bail for 20 days.
Rodriguez allegedly abducted the girl as she walked home after school in Springfield in mid-January. An amber alert was issued for a blue Honda Civic and civilians later spotted that car on the Mass Pike. Police found the girl in that car and arrested Rodriguez.
He is facing charges of kidnapping, assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation as well as three counts of aggravated rape with force and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.