Avondale PD: Woman faked kidnapping to meet boyfriend in Mexico

Avondale police said Jessica Rodriguez lied about being kidnapped.

Avondale police said Jessica Rodriguez lied about being kidnapped.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Avondale police say a 22-year-old woman lied about being kidnapped in order to meet her boyfriend in Mexico.

Jessica Rodriguez's family contacted police on March 30 and said she had called from a blocked phone number and told them she had been tied up, blindfolded and was being taken to an unknown location.

At the time Rodriguez went missing, police believed her boyfriend, Jesus Antonio Araque Mondragon, might have arranged for someone to kidnap her and take her to Mexico.

Detective Reuben Gonzales said Mondragon, 19, is a person of interest in a Jan. 28 homicide and had fled to Mexico.

On Saturday, the Nogales Police Department notified Avondale police that Rodriguez was at the International Border crossing station and was being questioned by federal authorities due to her being listed as a missing endangered person.

Gonzales said Rodriguez returned to Avondale and admitted to detectives that she had not been kidnapped or held against her will. She said that she had made arrangements to go to Mexico to meet with Mondragon.

Rodriguez told police that she lied about being kidnapped because her mother does not like Mondragon and she knew she would not be allowed to travel into Mexico to see him.

Detectives are reviewing the case for possible charges against Rodriguez of false reporting or causing a false report to be made by her family.

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