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PLANTATION (CBSMiami) — It took only a moment to reduce a $1 million bond down to $5,000 for the Plantation father accused of deserting his 16-year-old son Aage after an argument in December.
Bruce Jorgensen bonded out of jail Wednesday afternoon. He told police he kicked his son Aage — an American Heritage High school student — out of the car when he deemed his son was being rude. The teen has not been seen since December 27th.
“When we’ve had, him he’s a good little boy. But he just likes to run away and hide,” said Francis Jorgensen, the teen’s grandmother. “Even when I go walking with him, he would just run away and hide. I don’t know why.”
Jorgensen’s attorney and private investigator presented newspaper article and flyers, showing the teen has run away before — once for three months while living in Hawaii.
His grandparents told CBS4’s Ted Scouten that while Aage is known to run away, they’re still concerned for his welfare.
“He’s wandering around, we don’t know where he is. Of course, we’re concerned,” she said.
Bruce Jorgensen’s attorney showed fliers and newspaper articles from previous incidents when his child left.
“It should be noted that each time that this child has run away, it’s been Mr. Jorgensen who has found him, not the authorities,” said Dan Riemer, a private investigator.
One reason bond was initially set at $1,000,000 is because prosecutors were afraid the father would flee. They said he had a one-way ticket to New Zealand.
His attorneys, however, say police just didn’t look hard enough — it was a round-trip ticket. They also say there’s evidence showing Bruce had no plans on leaving, nor anything to do with his son’s disappearance.
“We have a copy of the full-range return ticket, a full year’s in school paid for in advance at American Heritage, at least, for a whole year an apartment. All his applications for college, he made for his kid,” said Glenn Roderman, Bruce’s attorney.
The attorney said Jorgensen is a federal attorney who was under a judge’s order to appear in court in the Mariana Islands – that’s why he was heading to New Zealand, to catch a connecting flight.