U.S. Seeks Extradition of Indian American Man and Wife Who Fled to India After His Step Son Went Missing in Texas
- Arshdeep Singh and his wife Cindy Rodriguez Singh have been charged with child abandonment and endangerment.
Police in Everman, Texas are working with federal authorities to extradite Indian American Arshdeep Singh who fled to India with his wife Cindy Rodriguez Singh and her six children. The couple has reportedly been in India since November, a few weeks after Singh’s step son Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez went missing.
Last week, police levied another charge on Singh, in addition to the child abandonment and endangerment in the missing boy’s case, news reports quoted Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer as saying.
Singh, 35, has been charged with stealing $10,000 in cash from his employer before fleeing to India. Right after that, Cindy Rodriguez-Singh, went with six of her children to apply for passports on Nov. 1, shortly after the birth of her twin daughters and after Noel was last seen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. She bought plane tickets to India via a connecting flight in Istanbul, Turkey, according to Everman police, who are leading the investigation. Singh used his credit card to purchase the plane tickets. “We want these fugitives arrested and extradited to the United States so that we can seek answers for the disappearance of Noel,” Spencer said at an April 25 press conference.
Singh delivered products to convenience stores and hours before leaving the country last month “he allegedly forged documents to hide the theft of $10,000 in cash from his employer,” Spencer said. He said the investigators looking into a large deposit alerted the company to the altered document and missing money.
Spencer said he hopes that in addition to their charges, the fact that the Singhs are “being wanted for questioning in a death investigation could add even more urgency to the case,” as reported by NBC News. He said the police are working with federal partners including the FBI to collaborate with Indian officials to extradite the couple home. U.S. and India have an extradition treaty, which aims to “enhance cooperation between the law enforcement authorities of both countries, and thereby make a significant contribution to international law enforcement efforts.”
Singh worked at a convenience store chain, AGHA Enterprises, and had access to the company’s financial records and even safes in stores, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram report. His employer, Mohammed Khan, told the Star-Telegram that Singh was hired about two and a half years ago to manage purchasing merchandise for stores and help with banking. Noting that he “never would have imagined Singh would be involved in anything criminal.,” he described his employee as “a happy person, and a hard worker who would do anything he could to help the business succeed.” Khan told the Star-Telegram that since Noel went missing, “he hadn’t noticed or been told about any changes in Singh’s behavior or personality.”
Singh married Rodriguez-Singh two years ago, according to the Star-Telegram. Prior to their marriage. She Rodriguez-Singh was living in the home of Charles Parson, described by the Star-Tribune as “an elderly man in Everman.” She was Hsleeping in a car outside his house with her children and he invited them to use his two spare bedrooms, he told the paper. After she married Singh, they built a shed in Parson’s back yard to expand living space.
Although it’s unclear exactly when he moved to the U.S. Parson told Star-Telegram that he “always gave the impression of a father figure who wanted to spoil his children.”
According to the Star-Telegram report, Rodriguez-Singh lost the custody of “at least some of her children” in 2020, and “was put on probation after an incident in Her mother told the paper last month she wants her daughter to return to the U.S. and tell authorities where to find Noel’s body, adding that “if she’d known he was being mistreated or that his mother couldn’t care for him, she would have taken him in.” Meanwhile, Noel was sent to live with foster parent Patricia Parris, who described Noel as a caring, fun and lovable child, the Star-Telegram reported.