(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — Intense video taken from an alert civilian shows the moments that led to the capture and arrest of a man who kidnapped an 11-year-old girl after she got off her school bus.
Charlotte Moccia, of Springfield, was rescued unharmed after she was abducted after getting off the school bus on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert and released photos of Charlotte and the car they said was used in the abduction. State police began receiving 911 calls from motorists on the Massachusetts Turnpike who had spotted the car near Brimfield, about half an hour from Springfield.
Officers used a road construction site along the turnpike to funnel traffic into one lane, which slowed traffic.
Officers spotted the suspect’s car and found Charlotte in the back seat, with the suspect in the driver’s seat and a knife visible in the pocket of the door.
Charlotte was taken out of the car while two others removed the suspect at gunpoint.
Police arrested Miguel Rodriguez, 24, of Springfield. Miguel Rodriguez, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to kidnapping and other charges in Springfield District Court.
Rodriguez was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Rodriguez is due back in court Wednesday, January 22 for a dangerousness hearing.
Charlotte was transported to the hospital for precautionary evaluation, but had no apparent injuries according to authorities.