Man accused of kidnapping, attacking ex-girlfriend in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT–A woman was kidnapped and assaulted by her ex-boyfriend on Monday morning.

Police responded to Beardsley Street around 8:30 a.m. on reports of a woman calling for help because she was trapped in her room. Police found a rope tied from her bedroom door to the kitchen sink, preventing the door from opening.

The woman told police that she was worried about her roommate; police then searched the roommate’s room and found a black mask on the bed and a strong scent of bleach.

Nelson Rivera, 49, was quickly identified as a suspected. Police went to his home and saw his car out front with a purse inside. The purse had the missing victim’s wallet and personal items inside.

Police then entered Rivera’s home to try and find the victim. As they approached the attic the victim opened the door and came out. Once she was safe Rivera was arrested.

He has been charged with criminal attempt at murder, reckless endangerment, first-degree burglary, unlawful restraint, first-degree assault, first-degree sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree strangulation and threatening.

“Detectives and patrol officers worked with urgency from the outset. Based on what officers observed, we were immediately concerned for the victim’s safety,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “This case, I truly believe, could have had a tragic outcome were it not for the work of our officers and detectives.”