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Alleged car used in Bridgeport kidnapping found, suspect identified

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The teen victim jumped from a Toyta Yaris Monday morning. (Bridgeport police photo) The teen victim jumped from a Toyta Yaris Monday morning. (Bridgeport police photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

A suspected kidnapper nabbed a teenager on her way to school on Monday but the victim managed to jump out of the car to safety.

Police in Bridgeport said the 17-year-old victim was able to get out of the Toyota near busy Route 1.

The incident happened around 7:15 a.m. on Monday when the student was walking to Harding School.

Officials also said the woman asked the girl if she wanted a ride to school because it was cold outside. Police said they have no reason to believe that the teen and the suspect knew each other.

Once the girl was inside of the vehicle, she was assaulted by the driver.

The nature of the assault is unclear.

The teen then rolled out of the car.

Since the road is heavily traveled, the vehicle and escape were caught on camera.

On Thursday, police said they found the suspected car in New Haven and have identified the suspect, however her name was not released.

Police officials said they are hopeful that an arrest is imminent.

Parents who saw the video said they were shocked by the suspect’s brazen attempt.

“I'm still thinking - if you don't know who is driving that vehicle, why would you get in it?” asked Marcia Shaw of Bridgeport.

Parents said they are reminding their children about the potential dangers.

"I tell her not to talk to strangers, don't get in the car when you don't know them, even if they tell you, I'm here to come get you, your mom sent me," said Ruby Velez of Bridgeport.

Police said once the teen rolled out of the car, the driver made a U-turn and headed down Boston Avenue toward Stratford. The teen suffered minor injuries.

Anyone with information about who the car belongs to or the driver is asked to call Bridgeport police.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened.

Back in February two teen girls were approached in the east end of the city by men, in separate instances.

One was right in front of Harding High School.

In both cases, the girls ran off and the cars sped away.

"Of course you're a little bit surprised, but in this day and age, it happens a little too commonly," said Mike Dimeglio.

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