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Rhode Island police pursue man into Connecticut for holding a woman

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Robert Atamian. (Plainfield police photo) Robert Atamian. (Plainfield police photo)
PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A man wanted by a police department in Rhode Island for taking a woman against her will was arrested in Connecticut overnight.

Police said they found Robert Atamian, 47, of Warwick, RI, hiding in the woods near the Staples property on Moosup Pond Road in Plainfield.

Rhode Island police said 34-year-old Nicole Cournoyer called them to say Atamian was holding her against her will and that the dark-colored Hyundai Elantra they were in may have exited into Plainfield by way of Interstate-695 at the Squaw Rock Road exit.

Plainfield police said they were first alerted around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.

They responded to the exit but were unable to locate the car.

Around 2:15 a.m., police said they received another 911 call from someone reporting an argument between a man and a woman in the same area.

Atamian continued to elude officers.

Around 2:30 a.m., Cournoyer dialed 911 again to report that she was trying to get away from Atamian.

Officers said they figured out that she was at the old Staples warehouse on Moosup Pond Road in the Wauregan section of Plainfield.

They found her there. They said she told them that Atamian fled from police in Rhode Island and that she was scared for her life because of the way he was driving. She said he also would not let her out of the vehicle.

Cournoyer told police that Atamian got the car stuck on train tracks so he was forced to flee on foot.

A check of the vehicle revealed that it was stolen out of Providence.

A state police K9 unit located the suspect in a wooded area nearby.

Atamian was arrested and charged with third-degree larceny, second-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct.

He was held on a $100,000 bond.

He's due in Danielson Superior Court Thursday.

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