(GREAT BEND, Kan.)—Adam Longoria appeared in a Great Bend courtroom Monday morning. He is charged with charged with one count of Vehicle Burglary and one count of Theft of property worth at least $1,000 but less than $25,000.
Longoria told the judge he understands the charges against him. He told the judge he plans to hire an attorney. Another hearing is scheduled for September 7.
Longoria is also a person of interest in the investigation into the disappearance and murder of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt. He has not been charged or named a suspect in connection with that case. However, investigators searched his home last Thursday.
Members of DeBolt's family were in the courtroom.
Attorney General Steve Six argued Longoria's criminal history and history of not showing up for court cases means she shouldn't receive bond or the bond should be a significant amount.
Before stealing the vehicle, Six says Longoria went to post office and mailed many of his belongings to an address in Texas. “I believe that the defendant is in a desperate state of mind, and therefore, there’s a risk to the community if he’s released," said Six to the court.
Longoria said the belongings mailed to Texas were two cowboy hats and a pair of pants. He also says he left Great Bend to stay with a friend because his house had been searched and there were cameras outside. He says he had a duffel bag with him with just a couple of changes of clothes in it.
Six said Longoria also has a warrant out for his arrest from Marion, North Carolina, for allegedly calling in threats to an elementary school.
Six asked that bond be set in the amount of $150,000 and the judge agreed. The judge agreed that Longoria is a flight risk. The judges said if Longoria tries to make bond, there will be another hearing.
The thirty-six year-old Longoria, also known as “Rocco”, was taken into custody Friday morning. He was caught by the Kansas Highway Patrol on I-70 near mile marker 233 west of Salina.
Longoria was driving a 2002 white Ford Explorer which was reported stolen from Venture Corporation near Great Bend early Friday morning. That's the same company that owns the property where DeBolt's badly burned body was
found last week.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Longoria has done time on nine charges there since 1991. Those include burglary, forgery, credit card abuse,
escape from prison and evading arrest. He was released May 25 after completing a seven-year sentence for aggravated robbery.
DeBolt was last seen heading to a party a week ago Saturday.