Suspect in Bank Kidnapping Found in Maine

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A woman’s trip to an East Hartford ATM turned into a terrifying ordeal last month when a man forced his way into her car, kidnapped her and held a knife to her abdomen.

Almost three weeks later, police located the suspect, Rudy John. He was arrested in Maine on a warrant out of East Hartford.

The victim had cashed a check at Bank of America at 805 Main St., East Hartford, at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 18.

When she returned to her car in the bank parking lot, John, 23, pushed his way into the driver’s seat and drove away, with the victim in the car, police said.

He demanded the woman’s ATM card and cash, then returned to the bank and left the woman’s car, police said. The entire ordeal happened in 30 minutes and the woman was not injured.

On Dec. 21, East Hartford police obtained an arrest warrant charging John with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny.

The East Hartford Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is working on the extraditing John back to Connecticut.

Police said arrest warrants are pending from other Connecticut communities as well.

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