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Cleveland man charged with kidnapping after impersonating police officer, luring 14-year-old girl inside car

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 11:37:54-05

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man was arrested and is facing a kidnapping charge after he impersonated a police officer to lure a 14-year-old into his car, according to court records.

Adam N. Rodriguez, 28, is charged with kidnapping, a first-degree felony, according to court records from Cleveland Municipal Court.

On Dec. 16 at West 87th Street and Madison Avenue, Rodriguez allegedly told a 14-year-old girl that he was a policeman.

After identifying himself as a police officer, Rodriguez forced her into the back of his 2003 Ford Crown Vic while telling her he was driving her to school.

At one point during the interaction, when the 14-year-old girl questioned him about where they were going, Rodriguez threatened to kill her. Fearing for her life, she jumped out of his moving car.

According to police, Rodriguez is being looked at for other cases.

On Friday, Rodriguez was arraigned in Cleveland Municipal Court. His bond was set at $500,000.

His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 30 at 9 a.m.

Cleveland police have not responded to our queries about this story. News 5 became aware of this disturbing incident when Cleveland.com published a story based on court records. Our reporting is based on information from those court records.