LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville wedding photographer, who allegedly ripped off and left his clients high and dry in 2009, has been arrested at the U.S.-Canadian border.
Ramon Rodriguez surrendered to authorities in Niagara County, NY on January 3 and has been extradited to Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.
Several of Rodriguez's clients contacted WAVE 3, claiming he took thousands of dollars from them and didn't show up for their weddings and special events.
Multiple arrest warrants had been issued for Rodriguez. According to one of the warrants, Rodriguez escaped from the custody of LMDC Community Corrections Center on April 25, 2009 by failing to return to the facility following an authorized work release. Police said Rodriguez was to remain in custody pending a court date on May 4, 2009 for charges including assault, wanton endangerment and DUI.
After he escaped, police said Rodriguez failed to return money to his clients. Rodriguez had closed his business on East Broadway.
He is now charged with escape and multiple theft charges, according to court documents.
Rodriguez's attorney Brian Butler said Rodriguez had been living in Canada most of the time since his escape.
"He knows that people were obviously, majorly inconvenienced by this and he is profoundly sorry by that and that's the main reason that he is back in Kentucky trying to take responsibility for this," said Butler.
Rodriguez was on probation for drunk driving when he ran in 2009, right after he'd been charged with another DUI. Now he's back to face all charges and butler says Rodriguez hopes to be able to pay back all those affected.
"I know it is his intention, the best he can, to make it right," said Butler.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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