Help Authorities Locate Jon Rodriguez - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/30/08

Help Authorities Locate Jon Rodriguez

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Lubbock Police hope your tips will lead them to a suspect considered violent and dangerous.

Authorities asked NewsChannel 11's Most Wanted to profile 29-year-old Jon Ray Rodriguez. Investigators say fake evidence caused a judge to lower his bond, allowing Rodriguez to get out of jail. Now, they want him back behind bars.

Authorities believe Rodriguez is still in Lubbock.  Wednesday they searched his house and collected evidence, but he was not there. So now Rodriguez is one of NewsChannel 11's Most Wanted.

"He is considered a violent offender, and we do wish to have him in custody as soon as possible," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

Rodriguez is accused of aggravated kidnapping and assault. In February, a 19-year-old, female victim told authorities Rodriguez, her former boyfriend, forced her into a car and slammed her face into the console.  Investigators also tell us Rodriguez allegedly choked the victim, nearly killing her.

A warrant was issued, and Rodriguez was arrested and jailed on a $250,000 bond. Later that month, a judge lowered that bond to $15,000 after the defense submitted three e-mails sent from the victim's school e-mail account.

"He apparently hacked into the victim's e-mail system and sent pirated e-mails, apparently from the victim, to himself, in an attempt to exonerate himself and place some culpability on the victim," Stevens explained. 

The e-mails claimed the victim framed Rodriguez. According to the arrest warrant, the e-mails stated "I have done a good job making sure everyone is convinced this was all your fault" and "who knew I could make them believe you kidnapped me".

"Forensic officers were able to trace the e-mails back to the suspect's computer and serve a search warrant on his house and did confiscate evidence from there," Stevens said. 

Rodriguez now faces additional charges of tampering with evidence and breach of computer security. The warrant has a recommended bond of $350,000.

"He is an individual that's been able to hack into computer systems and things like that. We do know that he is suspected and charged with a violent crime, and again he is at large right now.  We do hope to have him captured as soon as possible," Stevens said. 

Rodriguez is now on NewsChannel 11's Most Wanted wall. Your call could be the one to move him to the captured wall.

A local bank is teaming up with NewsChannel 11 and Crime Line to help catch this suspect. ABC Bank is offering to match the Crime Line reward to help get Jon Rodriguez off the street. If you know where he is or how to find him, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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