The man accused of kidnapping his young son 13-years ago, Bobby Hernandez, will be back in a Cuyahoga County courtroom on November 12. Hernandez made his first court appearance Wednesday, and bond was set at $250,000.

Julian Hernandez was reported missing by his mother in August 2002 from Vestavia Hills, Alabama. He was just 5-years-old.

At the time police believed Julian, who is now 18, was with his father and that was proven true this week.

A representative of Julian’s mother released a statement Wednesday evening:

“Our family was overjoyed this week to locate Julian and learn that he is safe. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during Julian’s disappearance. Although we appreciate the interest our story has generated, we will have to decline any requests for interviews or additional information at this time. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we focus on Julian’s well-being.”

A neighbor in Cleveland who knew the father and son says Bobby Hernandez, who he knew as “Jonathan Mangina,” had big dreams for his son.

“Always talking about his son. All he wanted him to do was to be able to go to college,” said the neighbor who did not want to be identified.

According to authorities in Vestavia Hills, red flags were raised when Julian tried to apply for college and his Social Security number kept coming back incorrect.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

Picture Courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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