A 30-year-old faces charges after he allegedly stripped naked, snatched his girlfriend’s baby and ran through traffic on Interstate 95 early Saturday, March 9.
Santos Rodriguez, of Burr Road, was arrested. The baby did not suffer serious injuries.
The mother of the baby called police at about 4 a.m. Saturday and said her boyfriend, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, had run out of her house naked while carrying her naked infant son.
While en route, Officer Jeffrey Holtz was flagged down by a gas station manager who reported seeing a naked man running east on Fairfield Avenue and that he appeared to be carrying something.
Police in the area immediately started searching for Rodriguez and the baby. A short time later, police were notified that Connecticut State Police had Rodriguez and the child on the exit ramp of I-95. Police also learned that Rodriguez had run across both the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway while holding the child.
State Police reported dispatchers had received numerous 911 calls from motorists.
As police arrived, a passing motorist pulled over on the ramp to help. Rodriguez opened the passenger door of the vehicle, put the baby on the front seat and sat down on the roadway. He was handcuffed there.
The child was taken to Bridgeport Hospital to be examined.
There, the mother told police that Rodriguez had arrived home after a night out and was acting erratically. He had a history of abusing PCP. Stumbling around, he said someone was after him again and said that she was the devil, at one point throwing a Bible at her.
He then stripped off his clothes, snatched the child from his playpen and began removing the child’s clothes. He then pushed his way past the mother and ran out of the house.
Rodriguez was charged with first-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
He was held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.