The attorney representing a New Britain man charged with kidnapping his pregnant girlfriend said in court today things aren’t as they seem.
Xavier Vasquez faced a judge this morning. He’s charged with kidnapping his girlfriend and forcing her into a car near Kelsey Street and Rocky Hill Avenue in New Britain. Someone who drove by allegedly saw Vasquez push her into the car and called 911.
“A person driving by not knowing what was going on thought he was witnessing a kidnapping at the time,” said New Britain Police Lt. Jeanette Portalatin.
But the public defender said in court that the victim share a different story.
“Yesterday she told New Britain Police he only pulled her by the arm and she went into car willingly,” the attorney explained.
Police said the incident was caught on camera, and that once officers tracked down Vasquez, he led them on a dangerous pursuit across Route 9 during rush hour. He was eventually stopped back in New Britain at Overlook and Farmington Avenues.
“Officers had to physically restrain him he resisted arrest,” Portalatin said.
Investigators said a fight between Vasquez and his girlfriend prompted the alleged abduction. They said there was no reason to believe he had a weapon and didn’t know if he had formulated a plan for what would happen after they got into the car.
Xavier Vasquez faced a New Britain judge on Tuesday afternoon for allegedly causing a huge scare. Police said Vasquez kidnapped his pregnant girlfriend around 5 o’clock Monday night at Kelsey Street and Rocky Hill Avenue. Someone who drove by supposedly saw him force her in the car and called 911.
“I don't think he had a particular destination,” said Portalatin. “He was just trying to elude police.”
Vasquez is being held on a $215,300 bond. He’s charged with kidnapping and interfering with police.