Man Charged With Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Woman

By Bob Connors
|  Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 5:07 PM EDT
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Man Charged With Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Woman

New Britain Police

Fernando Cruz, 28, was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping and sexual assaulting a woman in December 2012 in New Britain.

Police have arrested a man in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault that happened more than a year ago in New Britain.

On December 5, 2012, a 25-year-old woman reported being kidnapped at knifepoint near the intersection of Washington and Lafayette Streets. The victim told officers she was walking when she was approached by a man in a van who pulled a knife and threatened to stab her if she didn't get in.

The man drove her to a different location and sexually assaulted her, according to her statement to police.

Based on the victim's description of the suspect and details she gave officers about the van, police were able to identify a suspect.

Officers arrested Fernando Cruz, 28, on Monday. Investigators used DNA evidence to positively confirm Cruz as the suspect, according to police.

He is charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree threatening.

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