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SIU investigating after missing girl and father involved in rollover

CityNews | posted Monday, Apr 18th, 2016


Julia Dela-Cruz, 4, was last seen wearing a green shirt and grey track pants on April 18, 2016. OPP/YORK REGIONAL POLICE.

Julia Dela-Cruz, 4, was taken from her mother’s home in Aurora at around 4:20 a.m.

Police identified the girl’s father, Mario Rodrigues, as the alleged abductor and an Amber Alert was issued.

In a release, the SIU said OPP officers near Barncroft spotted the suspect vehicle and attempted to pull it over.

“The vehicle managed to evade police and several further attempts were made to stop the vehicle. Around 9:30 a.m., the vehicle was travelling along Paul Martin Drive in Pembroke, when it rounded a curve in the road and rolled over.”

Amber Alert flipped car
Vehicle involved in Amber Alert flips over, SIU investigating. April 18, 2016. Image courtesy: Ryan Courville

The Amber Alert was cancelled after the single-vehicle crash and the girl was airlifted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Rodrigues, 35, was taken into custody.

The Toronto man suffered minor injuries in the single-vehicle crash.

“(Rodrigues) forced his way into his ex-wife’s residence, took the couple’s 4-year-old daughter without the mother’s consent and left in a vehicle,” York Regional police said in a press release.

The suspect gained entrance to the home by smashing a front window.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.


The alert was issued after reports that the girl was abducted by her father in Aurora. More to come 0418mariorodrigues

 Mario Rodrigues is 46 years old and is five-foot-five and 160 pounds with short, dark hair, brown eyes and is clean shaven.


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