Quick-thinking Massachusetts police used a highway building site to delay a suspected kidnapper’s car and rescue an 11-year-old girl Wednesday night, Jan. 15.
Charlotte Moccia, of Springfield, was rescued unharmed after she was seemingly abducted on Wednesday afternoon after getting off the school bus.
According to Massachusetts State Police, the girl was forced into a dark blue Honda at about 1:26 p.m., “not long after she got off her school bus.”
Police issued an Amber Alert and released Charlotte’s photographs and the vehicle they said had been used in the abduction. At about 7:15 p.m., state police began receiving 911 calls from Springfield motorists on the Massachusetts Turnpike who had seen the car near Brimfield, about half an hour away.
Police used a roadbuilding site along the turnpike to funnel traffic into one lane and slow the traffic to a crawl. They stopped the vehicle when they saw the suspect’s car and found Charlotte in the rear seat, with the suspect in the driver’s seat and a knife visible in the door pocket, police said.
One officer pulled Charlotte out of the car while the perpetrator was removed at gunpoint by another two.
“She’s an amazing little girl,” said State Police Lt. Bob Ackerman of Charlotte, who attends Hampden Charter School of Science. “I can’t believe how strong she was dealing with this.”
Charlotte was taken to the hospital for precautionary examination but according to officials had no visible injuries.
The suspect, who has been identified as Miguel Rodriguez, 24, has been taken into custody.