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Man arrested after woman attacked near shopping plaza in New Britain

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(New Britain police photo) (New Britain police photo)
(New Britain police photo) (New Britain police photo)

The release of surveillance photos on Friday helped led to the arrest of a sexual assault suspect after an attack in New Britain last month.

On Friday evening, Joel St. Peter, 23, of New Britain, was arrested in connection with the sexual assault case. 

A woman was downtown area at the intersection of Main and Lafayette streets on Oct. 21 just before 7:30 p.m.

“Both of them were walking by and on the surveillance, you can see him approaching the female,” New Britain Police Lt. Jeanette Portalatin said.

Police said the woman was attacked by the man. Several businesses had surveillance cameras that captured footage of St. Peter. 

“It's a very brazen act and we want to make sure this person is apprehended and taken off the streets,” Portalatin said. 

After the attack, the victim went to the hospital to get checked out. Since the attack, police said they worked several leads until the arrest of St. Peter on Friday evening. 

St. Peter was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping. He is being held on a $400,000 bond. 

Police said the identification and arrest of St. Peter is a direct result of the public's assistance after his description was sent to the media earlier on Friday. 

Even with the arrest, the incident still sends chills down through people, who walk that area daily.

“That really has me trembling right now. I can't even express my feelings right now,” New Britain resident Loretta Grant said.

“I usually carry my keys or mace with me. I try to protect myself,” New Britain resident Signe Lambertson said. “And I'm always aware, always looking.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact New Britain police at 860-826-3149.

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