UConn Suspect Held on $2 Million Bond

Police said they found a gun, rope, duct tape, Vaseline and rubber gloves in Bruce Ursin's pickup.

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    A suspect in an attempted abduction at UConn is being held on $2 million bond.

    Bruce Ursin, 57, appeared before a judge in Rockville Superior Court Friday.

    According to court documents, Ursin was wearing a mask when he approached a female student around 1:40 p.m. near Horsebarn Hill Road Thursday.  He pulled a gun on her, and ordered her into the truck, police said.

    She managed to get away and called 911.  Ursin drove away in his silver Toyota pickup.  Someone who received an alert from UConn with a description of the vehicle spotted it a short time later and called police.  Officers located the pickup and stopped Ursin near his home in Ashford Thursday evening.

    Inside the pickup, officers found a loaded gun, ammunition, a knife, rope, duct tape, Vaseline and rubber gloves, according to court documents.  Police said Ursin had every intention of following through with a sexual assault.

    Ursin, who works as a lineman for CL&P,  claimed he was depressed and wanted someone to talk to.  He was on suicide watch behind bars Friday, according to authorities.

    Ursin is charged with weapons possession, first-degree aggravated sex assault, first-degree kidnapping with a fire arm and second degree-threatening and breach of peace.

    "From what I know of my client's history, this is completely out of character that he would be charged with something like this," Reese Norris, Ursin's attorney, said Friday.