Woman arrested for attempted abduction in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT – Police announced the arrest of a suspect in the recent case of an attempted abduction of a juvenile on Sunday.

According to police, Towanna Randall, 38, of New Haven approached a 17-year-old girl on Boston Avenue on October 5th. Randall lured the girl into her car by offering her a ride to school.

Once the girl was in the car, Randall assaulted her. The girl bailed out of the car while they were traveling west on Boston Avenue.

Randall is charged with sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and reckless endangerment. Randall has an extensive criminal record that includes robbery, larceny, and selling hallucinogenic narcotics.

“This arrest is a testament to the talented and hardworking police officers and detectives in the Bridgeport Police Department,” said Bridgeport Assistant Police Chief James Nardozzi.

Randall is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

The incident was captured on surveillance video and shows the teenager jumping from the moving car shortly after 7 a.m. last Monday.

She told police she was lured into the Toyota Yaris while on her way to school and was sexually assaulted by the driver.