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Zaday Atenogenes Rojas, 35, arrested after allegedly fleeing with baby in lap

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - A man crashed his car into a snowbank while allegedly fleeing law enforcement with a baby in his lap.An infant was rescued in East Multnomah County after law enforcement responded to a domestic violence assault early morning Friday, Feb. 19.

Zaday Atenogenes Rojas, 35, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, strangulation, kidnapping, menacing, custodial interference, reckless endangering of another person, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer.

At 1:13 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to an assault at a home near Powell Butte Nature Park. A woman had reported being physically assaulted by an adult man before fleeing for help. In her rush, she left behind her three-month-old infant.

The woman feared the child was in danger.

Deputies witnessed Rojas flee at a high rate of speed, allegedly crashing into another car and snowbank in the 17400 block of Southeast Franklin Court. As law enforcement approached, they saw that Rojas had the infant in his lap.

Rojas allegedly refused to leave the car, and used the child as a shield. Eventually, deputies said they were able to make an arrest and get the infant back to the mother. The woman was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive her injuries. The child was not harmed.


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