Congressional District 8 Candidate Joshua Jered Rodriguez taken into custody by authorities

Rodriguez faced warrant due to multiple felony cybercrime charges

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A tumultuous week for Congressional District 8 Candidate Joshua Jered Rodriguez, whose FEC paperwork indicates he's running for the Democratic seat, has concluded with his booking in the Jefferson County Jail. Arvada Police Department Public Information Officer Dave Snelling Confirmed that Rodriguez was booked before 7 a.m. on Feb. 17. 

Snelling said he was still looking into the circumstances of Rodriguez's arrest. Public records show that Rodriguez was apprehended by the Jefferson County Sherriff's Office.

Rodriguez, who has previously run for mayor in Arvada, faced an arrest warrant stemming from  multiple felony charges, including identity theft and forgery. 

On Feb. 15, it was reported that Rodriguez, 37, launched a campaign website with a donations page and signed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 4 listing an Arvada address that Jefferson County property records show was sold to a different owner in 2021.

Rodriguez was charged with nine counts of identity theft, one count of forgery and one count of cybercrime (attempt) in October of 2020 and two counts of attempting to influence a public servant in December of 2020 after he attempted to set up multiple fraudulent GoFundMe pages in the name of Julia Vitanyi, the moderator of the popular Arvada Neighbors Facebook group.

Rodriguez did not attend his scheduled court appearance on May 5, 2021. A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 10, 2021.

Vitanyi said she was pleased Rodriguez got arrested. 

"I’m thrilled to hear that there’s some sort of follow through," Vitanyi said. "I'm shocked by (Rodriguez's) lack of regard for rules in general and his lack of ethics. It’s always been concerning that he still seeks political spotlight. I’m kind of happy he got arrested."

Vitanyi addded that she was not high on Rodriguez's political aspirations. 

"Throughout all of his antics, that’s been the most concerning part, is the danger he could pose ot our community members, taking advantage of others, the fraud — theres no end to what it seems he can do," Vitanyi said. "It's just concerning for any future politician — I don't want to call him a politician. It's definitely not a good field for him."
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