East Hartford police said they are investigating an early morning attack and vehicle theft.
According to officers, a woman was attacked and her vehicle was stolen in a state commuter lot in the 500-block of Main Street.
Police said they received the call just before 2:30 a.m.
They said the victim's SUV broke down near the exit 90 commuter lot off of Route 15 and the attack happened before she could call for help.
Police said the woman did what she was supposed to do and found a well-lit area, one that is supposed to be patrolled, however the attack still happened.
State police said the suspect crashed and abandoned the SUV on McKee Street near Main Street. The suspect couldn't navigate a turn in the already broken vehicle.
The person then fled on foot.
The distance between the crash scene and the commuter lot was about 2.5 miles.
A search for the suspect continues. No description was available.
"I'm very worried about it because we have a lot of children on this street and a lot of elderly too," said Elisa Luciano, who lives near the area where the incident happened.
The crashed vehicle was towed from McKee Street around 7 a.m.
The victim was taken to Manchester Hospital where she was checked out. Her condition was not released.
Commuter Dora Bright said she left the East Hartford commuter lot at 2 p.m. on Thursday and likely won't be back until late.
"If he gets away with it, he could come back again," she said. "They need to have security or somebody here too. This is the second time I've heard somebody gotten hurt over here."
Less than one month ago, in the commuter lot, a 26-year-old was shot several times.
James Jenkins, a former Hartford police officer who lives in the neighborhood, said more needs to be done.
"More police presence, more visible patrol. That's the only thing I can see right now," Jenkins said.
State police said it will do more patrols on nearby off-ramps and commuter lots.
Bright said the lighting needs to be improved but added that she's hoping she will see troopers in the lot more often.
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