Suspect arrested in New London attempted abduction case

NEW LONDON -- Police have made an arrest in connection with an attempted abduction that happened last month in New London.

On Tuesday, 31-year-old Stephen Cardoza, of Norwich,  was arrested in connection with an attempted abduction of a 9-year-old on State Pier Road back in August. He was charged with Risk of Injury, Public Indecency, Criminal Trespass 3rd,  Breach of Peace.

Cardoza was released from custody after securing a $50,000 bond.

"The child was approached by an unknown male driving a pickup truck while she was walking up the driveway of 93 State Pier Road to her residence," police said in a release at the time of the incident, "The unknown suspect attempted to coax the juvenile into his truck by telling her that he was sent by her mother to pick her up."

Police said the victim noticed that the male suspect had his hands on his “private parts” as he opened his truck door and attempted to get her inside the truck.

Anyone who has information concerning illegal activity is encouraged to contact the New London Police Department at 860-447-5269 ext. 0 or anonymous information may be submitted via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).