Update: Divorce Filing Preceded Child Abduction In Santa Rosa

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:18:39 -0800

SANTA ROSA (BCN)--Authorities say a Santa Rosa man smashed his SUV into the front doors of an insurance company Thursday morning and drove away with his and his estranged  wife's three daughters.
     
The incident happened around 11 a.m. at the Lemus Insurance office  in a shopping center at 1791 Marlow Road in west Santa Rosa, Sgt. John  Snetsinger said.
     
Jose Alberto Rojo, 25, of Santa Rosa, tried to get his estranged  wife to exit the locked business, and when she refused, he left but returned  with the couple's three daughters ages 3, 5, and 7, Snetsinger said. 
     
Rojo again tried to get his wife to speak to him, and when she  again refused, Rojo returned with the children to his 4-door Chevrolet Tahoe,  told his estranged wife he was going to harm himself and she would never see  the children again, Snetsinger said.
     
Rojo then rammed the doors of the business with the Tahoe and  drove south on Marlow Road with the children, Snetsinger said.
     
The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert around 2 p.m.  for the 2005 black Chevrolet Tahoe with a license plate of 6TXA253.
     
Rojo is a Hispanic male, 5 feet 7 inches and 230 pounds, police  said.
     
Maria Lemus, the owner of the insurance company, said her daughter  Selina Rojo filed divorce papers Thursday against Rojo, also known as Jose Alberto Bojorquez-Rojo.
     
She said Rojo first tried to get into the locked insurance company  office by throwing carts at the front door.
     
Lemus said one of her employees said Rojo appeared to have a can  of mace.
     
"He (Rojo) kidnapped my daughter once before. He was on trial for  spousal abuse," Lemus said.
     
Lemus said her daughter came to the insurance company to talk to  her niece, who also works there.
     
Lemus said there is a restraining order against Rojo and the  couple is separated. 
     
Santa Rosa police Lt. Steve Bair said Rojo has a history of  domestic violence and there is a criminal protective order against him. Rojo  is still at large, Bair said.
     
Rojo is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, violating a  protective order, child endangerment, child concealment and commission of a  felony while out on bail, Snetsinger said.
     
Police have set up a phone number for callers to leave  non-critical information about the case. The number, (707) 543-4040, is only  for information that does not identify the immediate location of Rojo, the  vehicle or the three children, Snetsinger said.
     
Anyone with immediate information should call 911.
     
The three children are Sofia, 3, Maraya, 5, and Alyna, 7.
     
Sofia has short, wavy dark brown hair and was last seen wearing a  white tank top, police said.
     
Maraya has long mid-back, dark brown hair and was last seen  wearing a gold "Belle" Disney princess dress.
     
Alyna has dark brown shoulder-length hair and was last seen  wearing a purple and light purple striped "Tinkerbell" dress, police said.
 
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