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A Santa Rosa man delayed entering a plea this afternoon to charges of child cruelty and concealment in connection with an alleged abduction of his and his estranged wife’s three daughters on Thursday. Jose Alberto Rojo, 25, is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon, violating a court order and committing a felony while out on bail. He will appear in court again Friday. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Robert LaForge ordered an evaluation of Rojo by a psychiatrist before Friday’s hearing.
Rojo allegedly smashed his Chevrolet Tahoe into the doors of his wife’s family’s insurance business in Santa Rosa and drove away with his three daughters ages 3, 5, and 7. The incident prompted a statewide Amber Alert. Rojo was arrested later on Thursday in a Motel 6 parking lot on Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa shortly after the girls were recovered. He had apparently turned them over to a third party, who in turn delivered them to a relative at Howarth Park who called police.
Rojo was out of custody on $120,000 bail pending an August trial on another alleged domestic violence incident with his wife that occurred in January. LaForge canceled the Aug. 4 trial date this afternoon and set Rojo’s bail in the new case at $250,000. The judge also signed a criminal protective order against Rojo. There also is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement no-bail hold on Rojo.
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