Domestic violence fugitive, Randy Rodriguez, is captured in Englewood
Rodriguez accused of cutting off ankle monitor
Last Updated: 47 days ago
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A domestic violence suspect accused of cutting off his ankle monitor and fleeing while free on bond earlier this month was recaptured in Englewood on Monday afternoon.
Members of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, with assistance from Lakewood police, arrested Rodriguez when he appeared at an Englewood location that had been under surveillance by officers from several law enforcement agencies, said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.
Rodriguez, 41, had originally been arrested by Lakewood police in late September after he was accused of pistol whipping his girlfriend and shattering her jaw, police said.
Yet, a Jefferson County judge set Rodriguez's bond at $2,500 and he was released from jail on Oct. 4. Six days later, Rodriguez cut off his satellite-tracking ankle monitor and became a fugitive, police said.
His ex-girlfriend, Amber Jasper, told 7NEWS that Rodriguez was still threatening her, even as she hid out at a safe house.
At one point, Jasper said the fugitive left this chilling text message on her cellphone: "Fear is when you sleep with one eye open. Pray the Lord my soul to keep."
Jasper said Rodriguez's $2,500 was too low. Court records show he's a convicted felon with a 20-year rap sheet including assault, burglary, drugs, robbery and weapons offenses. He also has multiple charges of flight to avoid prosecution.
"I do feel like the justice system failed me," Jasper said. "He's very dangerous."
After Rodriguez fled, a judge raised his bond to $1 million, court records show.
Now, in addition to felony domestic violence charges, Rodriguez faces three new charges: Drug possession, flight to avoid prosecution and failure to appear in court.
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