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Stratford Man Abducted, Assaulted Ex In Trumbull, Police Say

Trumbull Police charged a Stratford man with abducting and assaulting his ex-girlfriend before pushing her out of the car in Bridgeport.
Trumbull Police charged a Stratford man with abducting and assaulting his ex-girlfriend before pushing her out of the car in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

TRUMBULL, Conn. — A Stratford man was arrested Wednesday after police said he abducted his ex-girlfriend in Trumbull and proceeded to punch and strangle her in his car before eventually abandoning her in Bridgeport.

A 21-year-old woman reported that on June 11 her car had broken down on Quarry Road in Trumbull, and she called her ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old David Gonzalez of Stratford, to help her. According to Trumbull Police, when Gonzalez arrived he became angry after he saw evidence on the woman's phone of conversations with another man. Police also learned that the woman had a protective order against Gonzalez stemming from an incident in December.

After seeing the conversations, Gonzalez took the woman's keys and phone from her, police said. She went into his car to retrieve them, but he began to punch her and drove away with her in the car, according to police. He prevented her from escaping while he drove to downtown Bridgeport.

The woman told police that during the ride, Gonzalez punched her man times in the face and body, struck her on the ankle with a wrench to prevent her from running away, and wrapped an electrical cord around her neck and strangled her. She eventually struck and clawed at his face to make him stop, police said.

Gonzalez eventually pushed the woman out of his car near Golden Hill Street in Bridgeport, police said. The woman had visible injuries consistent with her statement, according to police.

On Wednesday, Trumbull Police located Gonzalez at his place of work and arrested him. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, criminal violation of a protective order, and disorderly conduct. He was held on a $250,000 bond and will appear in court on Thursday.

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