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CAMPBELL Bond set at $3.5M in abduction



Published: Fri, May 4, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police are looking for another suspect in the kidnapping case.

By PAUL WHEATLEY

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

CAMPBELL -- Bond was set at $3.5 million for Joseph Gonzalez, who was charged today in Campbell Municipal Court in the abduction and shooting of 24-year-old Maria Rosario-Romano and the abduction of her three children.

Gonzalez was arrested at an 8th Street address in Struthers by Struthers police at 9:47 p.m. Thursday.

Gonzalez, 20, of Campbell, faces three counts of child endangering, four counts of kidnapping, one count of felonious assault and one count of aggravated robbery.

"I'm not guilty on any one of them," Gonzalez told Judge John Almasy this morning.

Background: The FBI and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation are assisting Campbell police in the search for another suspect in the Wednesday night abduction that lasted more than six hours. Rosario-Romano was shot in her side.

Her husband said he received numerous ransom calls requesting that as much as $100,000 be dropped behind Home Depot in Boardman.

Police traced a phone call near J & amp;L Shell Service Center in Campbell and found the woman and her three children, a boy, 7, and two girls, ages 4 and 2, waiting with her.

Gonzalez referred to one of the children as his "little cousin" in court.

Campbell Detective Sgt. Manuel Darkadakis said police are concerned for Rosario-Romano's health.

"If she passes, the charge will escalate to murder," he said. Rosario-Romano was in critical condition today in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

The detective referred to her as your average mother and would not elaborate on any relationship with the suspect.

He said her son witnessed the shooting.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 11 in Campbell Municipal Court.




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