Jon Ray Rodriguez, 29, spent Monday night in an Oklahoma jail cell, after a weekend of freedom. An Oklahoma judge released Rodriguez on what they call a fugitive warrant, late last week. Lubbock authorities have spent the past three days working to put him back in jail.
Rodriguez is the accused kidnapper who police say nearly choked his former girlfriend to death and held her against her will. Then, investigators determined he faked evidence that lead a Lubbock judge to lower his bond. Rodriguez turned himself into authorities in Woodward, Oklahoma earlier this month. Now, he is held on a combined $200,000 bond, and awaiting extradition back to Lubbock.
"We believe that he does pose a danger to the public, and we hated to see him released," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said.
Lubbock Police expected Jon Ray Rodriguez to remain behind bars when he turned himself into Oklahoma authorities on May 6th.
"The warrants he was held on in Oklahoma at that time were not violent warrants," Stevens said.
Rodriguez was held on charges of tampering with evidence and breach of computer security, but they stemmed from original charges of aggravated kidnapping and assault. Investigators determined Rodriguez hacked into his former girlfriend's e-mail account, and faked letters claiming she made up the initial attack.
"I don't know if you could chuck it up to a breakdown in communication, but one way or another the judge that was looking at his case in Oklahoma didn't see that he was posing a threat to the general public," Stevens said.
Monday morning, authorities revoked bonds on the original assault charges, and police picked Rodriguez up at his mother's home in Woodward.
"This has been a roller coaster for me and my family," Megan Mask said. She is the former girlfriend who Rodriguez allegedly attacked.
"It's really hard, and the only reasons 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," Mask said.
At the time he allegedly attacked Mask, Rodriguez was serving probation after he was convicted of a similar attack on another former girlfriend.
"It's kind of hard to be relieved, because he should have been in jail a long time ago," Lindsay Woodard said.
She says she's dated Rodriguez for seven months when he locked her in her room, and attacked her.
"I'm just relieved it's going to be finally over," Woodard said.
"Honestly, I'm just ready for justice to be served. It's time. He's had many opportunities to try to clean up his act, and he obviously hasn't learned his lesson," Mask said.
"You know, the state of Texas represents here in this matter, and the police department, the district attorney's office, everybody involved in the prosecution side certainly maintains a lot of concern over her feeling of safety, and hopefully with him being back in custody she'll feel some measure of safety from that," Stevens said.
Rodriguez is held on a $100,000 bond for aggravated kidnapping, and $100,000 for aggravated assault. Lubbock authorities are also trying to revoke the probation he's serving for the attack on Woodard. If successful, he'll be jailed without bond. Rodriguez could be extradited back to Lubbock by the end of the week.
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