VCSO: Deputies apprehend inmate in Deltona who absconded while furloughed from jail to attend a funeral

Sheriff's spokesman: Ankle monitoring device found in Burger King bathroom

Volusia County Jail inmate Andrew Rodriguez apprehended in Deltona / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /
At left is the booking mug for Andrew Rodriguez, back in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail after his capture Monday night in Deltona for allegedly absconding while furloughed when he failed to show up at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on his own.
 

DELTONA, Fla. -- The search has ended for an inmate who failed to return to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach after a court-authorized furlough to attend a funeral.

Andrew Rodriguez, 27, was captured at 11:01 p.m. Monday after an anonymous call led Sheriff’s deputies to his whereabouts.

"Late Monday night, a tip received through Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida led deputies to the house on Evergreen Avenue," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer® this morning shortly after his capture.

"Just as deputies were heading into the house to search for Rodriguez, he bolted out of a side door and was quickly captured without offering resistance."

Andrew Rodriguez charged with absconding / Headline Surfer®"Late Monday night, a tip received through Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida led deputies to the house on Evergreen Avenue," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer® this morning shortly after his capture. "Just as deputies were heading into the house to search for (Andrew) Rodriguez, he bolted out of a side door and was quickly captured without offering resistance."

Rodriguez had been in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach since being arrested by deputies on Sept. 13, at a house where methamphetamine was being manufactured.

But a judge granted a defense motion releasing Rodriguez from jail on Saturday to attend his daughter’s funeral. He was outfitted with an electronic ankle monitoring device and was supposed to return to jail within 24 hours of his release.

Just after 10 a.m. Sunday, however, Rodriguez’ was found in the bathroom of the Burger King, 2790 Elkcam Blvd. The Sheriff’s Office had been searching for Rodriguez since then, leading to his Monday night capture without further incident.  

Deputies had traced the busted GPS back to the branch jail where they learned it had been placed on Rodriguez after Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson granted the temporary furlough so he could attend his 16-month-old daughter’s funeral Saturday, deputies said. The child reportedly died of natural causes from an undisclosed medical issue.

Though family members confirmed for deputies that Rodriguez attended the funeral, he didn't surrender as promised within 24 hours and he was reportedly high on drugs during the funeral. 

Rodriguez, awaiting trial on felony charges of manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamines, was released Saturday morning from the jail with a signed promise to refrain from using drugs or alchol and to submit to a drug test upoin his return within 24 hours, according to the agreement signed off on by the judge with Volusia County Pre-Trial Services, which fitted him with the GPS. 

The tracking device did not send a signal back with a location that it was supposed to after it had been tampered with or cut, though the signal was lost a half hour before the Burger King employee found it, according to the Sheriff's incident report.

Rodriguez, awaiting trial on felony charges of manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamines, was released Saturday morning from the jail wuth a promise to refrain from using drugs or alchol and to submit to a drug test upoin his return within 24 hours, according to the agreement signed off on by the judge with Volusia County Pre-Trial Services, which fitted him with the GPS. 

The tracking device did not send a signal back with the location like it was supposed to after it had been tampered with or cut, though the signal was lost a half hour before the Burger King employee found it, according to the Sheriff's incident report.

Rodriguez faced a whole new slew of charges after he was transported back to jail, including felony escape and damaging electronic monitoring equipment.

He also is wanted in Seminole County on an open warrant for failure to appear in court to face two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card.

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