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Woman faces judge for Bridgeport kidnapping, sex assault charges

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Towanna Randall is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teen. (Bridgeport police photos) Towanna Randall is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teen. (Bridgeport police photos)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

A woman from New Haven accused of luring a teenage girl into her car to sexually assault her faced a judge on Tuesday.

Towanna Randall kidnapped the 17-year-old while she was walking to school in Bridgeport last week, according to police.

She was charged with sexual assault, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment.

Court officials said Randall was on probation for a burglary conviction. Between 1995 and 2008, she had 15 convictions, four of which were felonies.

The judge ordered her to be held on $125,000 bond. Her next court date is Nov. 3.

The victim was taken near the corner of Boston and Palisade Avenue.

Surveillance video of the victim later leaping out of Randall’s moving car made national headlines.

"[We’re] glad she jumped out when she did,” said Mike Dimeglio, Bridgeport police. “She had to do what she had to do."

According to the arrest warrant, the teen told police that when she got in the car, Randall allegedly reached over toward her and touched her breasts. That is when she jumped out of the car.

When detectives spoke to Randall, she told police that the teen allegedly stole a few dollars from the center console of her car, she reached after her and that is when the girl jumped out.

Eyewitness News learned the Randall has an extensive criminal history, including arrests for robbery, larceny and selling drugs.

She was taken into custody on Saturday after police said they received dozens of tips from the public.

She was originally held on a $100,000 bond, but now it is up to $125,000. She is due back in court early next month.

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