Bridgeport police have arrested a man who is accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend on Sunday night.
Police were called to the Food Bazaar on Sunday night and said the victim was trying to end a seven-year abusive relationship.
The victim and her four friends were forced to get out of a car, police said.
Police have identified the suspect as Joshua Vega, 23, of Bridgeport, and said he threatened everyone with a gun, forced his ex-girlfriend into his car and fled on Interstate 95 South.
Police determined that Vega's destination was the Bronx in New York and that he has domestic violence tendencies, police said.
An all-points-bulletin was issued and Stamford police spotted the car on I-95 around exit 5 and pulled it over, police said.
Bridgeport Police also responded to the location and recovered an illegal firearm.
The victim was treated for injuries.
Vega was arrested and charged with third-degree sssault, five counts of second-degree threatening, breach of peace, kidnapping with a firearm and possession of a pistol without a permit.
“This was a volatile situation involving a violent individual that could have ended tragically,” Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. said in a statement. “Our patrol officers who responded worked with urgency, gathered information and quickly put it out to neighboring departments. I truly believe their actions saved this woman’s life.”
Bond was set at $100,000.