Rodriguez Back In Police Custody - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/19/08

Rodriguez Back In Police Custody

"We believe that he does pose a danger to the public, and hated to see him released," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

An arrest Monday morning puts one of NewsChannel 11's Most Wanted back behind bars.  29-year-old Jon Ray Rodriguez is in an Oklahoma jail, after spending the past several days free on bond.

Rodriguez is the accused kidnapper who police say nearly choked his former girlfriend to death back in February. Investigators say he faked evidence that lead a Lubbock judge to lower his bond, allowing him to be released. Authorities filed additional charges, and Rodriguez turned himself into authorities in Woodward, Oklahoma earlier this month.  Late last week, an Oklahoma judge released Rodriguez on what they call a fugitive warrant, and Lubbock authorities have spent the past three days working to put him back in jail.

Lubbock Police tell NewsChannel 11 that Oklahoma officers arrested Rodriguez at his mother's home in Woodward. They say he did not resist, and that he is not fighting extradition.

You're probably asking yourself, how did this guy get released for a second time? Here's what we know. Rodriguez was being held on charges of tampering with evidence and breach of computer security in Oklahoma. Those charges came after investigators determined he hacked into his former girlfriend's email account, and faked letters claiming she made up the initial attack. That's what led to his bond reduction in Lubbock.  Those are not violent crimes, and Oklahoma authorities told Lubbock police they were unaware of the original charges of aggravated kidnapping and assault.

Lubbock Police and the district attorney's office worked all weekend to revoke bond on those charges. That happened Monday morning, and police picked him up.

"This has been a roller coaster for me and my family. It seems like every time we get close and we see a light at the end of the tunnel, something happens and he gets let out. Unfortunately, there just happened to be a fluke. It's really hard, and the only reason I haven't given up are because of my parents and the fact that the next girl will be worse than me, and I really don't think she'll make it out alive," Rodriguez's former girlfriend Megan Mask said. 

During the time that Rodriguez is accused of attacking Mask, he was on probation for a prior assault against another former girlfriend. Lubbock Police say they are working to get that probation revoked as well. If successful, Rodriguez would be jailed without bond.

Now, he's held on a combined $200,000 bond, $100,000 for aggravated kidnapping and $100,000 for aggravated assault. Police tell us Rodriguez could be back in Lubbock to face these charges by the end of the week.

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