North Haven police have arrested a Hamden man wanted in New York on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he had been involved with and beating her with a hammer.
Police arrested Joseph Fortier, 29, of Hamden, on Thursday.
Police said Fortier is accused of breaking into the Suffern, New York, home of a woman he was previously involved with, hitting her in the head with a hammer, choking her and sexually assaulting her while her 1-year old son was in the house.
The woman tried to escape, but Fortier pulled her back inside, according to Suffern Police.
Fortier is also accused of forcing the woman to open a safe and taking the title to her car before fleeing.
The Suffern Village Police Department contacted the North Haven Police Department, which eventually located Fortier. He was arrested in North Haven and is being held as a fugitive from justice pending an extradition to New York.
Chief Clarke Osborn, of Suffern Police, called this “a heinous, pre-meditated attack.”
Police said the Suffern Village Police Department has an active arrest warrant for Fortier, charging him with 10 criminal charges, including rape, assault and robbery, unlawful imprisonment and additional charges.