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Hastings Star Gazette
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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

An activated Amber Alert led Hastings Police Thursday, Sept. 16, to a suspect's vehicle in the Hastings Wal-Mart, and the subsequent arrest of Rocco Diberardino, 45, Hudson, Wis., wanted for questioning in determining the location of his two minor children.

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On Monday, Sept. 20, Hastings Police charged Diberardino with being a fugitive from justice from Wisconsin. He has since been transferred to the St. Croix County Jail, where he remains on $100,000 bond.

The children were found safe later that day in a Stillwater hotel.

According to another criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, Diberardino has been charged with felony false imprisonment, possession of a firearm contrary to injunction, and interference of child custody as a parent.

According to that complaint, Kelly Diberardino (his estranged wife) said he arrived at her Hudson home without first notifying her. He prevented her from leaving the home, she said. She later escaped and called police.

The couple's two sons, 10 and 12, were scheduled to be with Rocco Diberardino that day( according to a previous court order). Responding officers learned the boys were not in school that day and Kelly Diberardino believed her husband had taken them somewhere, according to the complaint.

An Amber Alert was issued for the children. That is a public broadcast notification system issued to alert the public about a possible child abduction in the area.

Following the Amber Alert notification, a Hastings resident heard the notice on the radio and contacted Hastings police about the vehicle possibly being in the Wal-Mart lot. Diberardino was arrested and transported to the Dakota County Jail.

According to the complaint, Diberardino said he had gone to his wife's home to "kill himself in front of her due to all the pain she had caused him."

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Jane Lightbourn
(651) 319-4503
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