CMPD: Man leads police on brief chase, faces several charges

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A man is facing multiple charges including assault and possession of heroin following an incident that was first reported as a kidnapping Monday afternoon in east Charlotte, police said. 

Jesus Rodriguez is charged with assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of heroin, and felony flee to elude and driving while license revoked. 

Tuesday morning, CMPD said it was not a kidnapping but rather an argument between two sisters and one of their boyfriends that started the ordeal. 

According to CMPD, a woman was sitting in her vehicle in the 9000 block of Casa Lynda Lane waiting for her 7-year-old to get home from school. Police said an argument then began between the woman and her sister's boyfriend, identified as Rodriguez. 

CMPD said there were "conflicting stories" given about the exact nature of this argument but it may have been over some photographs of Rodriguez that the woman had taken using her phone. 

According to the woman, Rodriguez demanded her phone and began hitting her vehicle’s windows with a handgun. The woman told police that Rodriguez both pointed the gun at her and verbally threatened her.

As the woman started to drive off with her sister, her daughter’s school bus pulled up, according to CMPD. Police said Rodriguez then gathered the woman's children and his girlfriend's children together and "put them in his vehicle rather than leave these young children unattended."

Police initially reported that Rodriguez grabbed the woman's daughter but officers then said Rodriguez did not kidnap the children, force them into his car or threaten them. 

The woman reportedly pulled over at a Quik Trip (QT) a short time later at 7205 The Plaza and gave the phone to her sister who later got in the car with Rodriguez. He and the woman's sister then drove off with all of the children. That is when the woman called CMPD and said "her daughter had been kidnapped." 

Just after 5 p.m. Monday, CMPD said they received a license plate recognition (LPR) hit on Rodriguez's vehicle on Eastway Drive at Kilbourne. Police said he refused to stop and a short police chase began. About a minute later, Rodriguez stopped his vehicle and was detained along with the woman's sister. 

The woman's child was not hurt and was released along with three other children who were in the vehicle. A handgun was also seized by police.