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Father who sparked Trumbull Amber Alert faces judge

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Rodolfo Revello appears in court on Thursday. (WFSB) Rodolfo Revello appears in court on Thursday. (WFSB)

A father who snatched his own son, sparked an Amber Alert and led police on a multi-state search appeared in front of a judge in Bridgeport on Thursday afternoon.

Rodolfo Revello was arrested by U.S. marshals in the Bronx Wednesday, according to police. He's facing charges of kidnapping, strangulation and violating a restraining order, among others.

Police said he was arrested roughly two weeks after he forced his way into the Trumbull home of his estranged wife, choked her and kidnapped his 7-year-old son. The incident happened March 12.

"The victim asked if he'd been drinking to which he replied 'what the f*** does that matter' and began hitting her face repeatedly and pulled her hair out," the arrest warrant stated. 

The woman told police it only got worse with Revello allegedly threatening to kill her.

"He then put his hands around her mouth and tried to pull her jaw off. He then threw her on the bed and began choking her with his hands on her neck. She put her hands up to defend herself when he bit her left hand," the arrest warrant stated. 

She then jumped out of her second floor bedroom window and ran for help. The woman's adult son grabbed a knife from Revello, who then grabbed $500 along with jewelry before taking off with their son.

The Amber Alert was issued, but ultimately canceled later in the day. The boy was found unharmed in Queens, NY and reunited with his mother.

On Thursday, the attorney for Revello tried claiming the reason for the March 12 incident was his wife. 

"My concern do to the child's mother working at a gentlemen's club in Stamford and my child being at the home every night," Revello said in court. 

Last August, police said Revello's wife filed for and was granted a restraining order against him.

Revello had visitation rights, but was forced from their home and ordered to have no contact with her.

In the application for the restraining order, she wrote "he bit my right hand and my nose. He pushed me around and choked me. Two weeks ago, he kept harassing me while I'm at work and threatens me by calling constantly." 

In the arrest warrant, the woman's 17-year-old son "stated this type of incident happens approximately once a week and the victim never reports it. He added "that the front door to the residence had just recently been replaced because of previous damage that was done by Revello in the last three weeks, from trying the same thing before."

Karen Jarmoc, a member of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence called the case concerning.

"What is extremely concerning about the situation that happened in Trumbull is that a child was there, so we know that in 24 percent of arrests on a family violence charge, children are there at a scene of the incident," she said. 

Neighbors told Eyewitness News they were glad the little boy is safe and Revello was arrested.

"It's great," Polly Owen, of Trumbull, said. "It must make his wife feel much better and the kids, knowing that he's in custody and not on the loose."

The judge set Revello's bail at $500,000. If he does make bail, he'll be outfitted with a GPS monitoring unit. 

Revello's latest arrest also violated his federal probation on a cocaine conviction, so he is awaiting a detention hearing.  

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