Community being credited for locating kidnapped 11-year-old in Massachusetts


SPRINGFIELD, MA (WTNH) — New details on the dramatic rescue of an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped on her way home from school in Massachusetts on Wednesday. The community and a local couple being credited with her safe return.

An Amber Alert went out for 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia Wednesday mid-afternoon. Strangers spread the word on social media, and others spotted the car.

Having seen the Alert, one couple spotted the suspect’s car, and wouldn’t let it out of their sight.

On the phone with police: “It’s him, it’s him!… This is a blue Honda Civic; they’re going 100 mph right now…He just blew through a red light! He’s blowing through red lights!”

Police say, inside the Honda was Charlotte.

“I flashed my high beams and the guy pulls up his hood and covers his face and started to dart up Harvey street and I darted right behind him.”


The suspect, 24-year-old Miguel Rodriquez, was arraigned Thursday on multiple charges, including kidnapping and assault. He is being held without bail.

Charlotte’s family thanked the community Thursday saying, “The outpouring of love and support, near and far, is overwhelming. We are eternally grateful.”

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