REDWOOD CITY (BCN) – Police arrested a 30-year-old man early this morning in Redwood City after allegedly he physically assaulted the 17-year-old mother of his child, before fleeing with their 8-month-old daughter.
Around 2:20 a.m., the girl called police to report that she had been physically assaulted at the Deluxe Inn at 1402 Stafford St., according to police.
The girl also said the suspect took their child with him.
Upon arrival, the victim gave officers a description of the suspect and police began searching for him and the infant, police said.
About an hour later, officers saw the suspect walking in the 300 block of Bradford Street, without the child, according to police.
When the suspect saw police, he fled on foot into the nearby Kaiser Hospital complex. Officers chased the suspect and eventually found him hiding underneath a portable building in the complex.
Officers were able to detain the suspect, identified as Orlando Rodriguez, a transient from Redwood City, police said.
After initially giving conflicting statements, Rodriguez later admitted he left the child in the yard of an unknown house near the motel, according to police.
With help from the Redwood City Fire Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, police were able to locate the infant in the yard of a home in the
1400 block of Arguello Street. The yard was cluttered with debris and vehicles parts, and the child was not visible from the street.
The infant was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, police said.
Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of parental abduction, domestic violence, child endangerment, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and for outstanding felony warrants, according to police.
He was booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility.