New London police arrest man on attempted abduction charges

Courtesy New London Police.

The family of a little girl who survived an attempted abduction in New London is still on edge tonight even after police arrest a suspect.

Fear has gripped the state pier projects ever since New London police said a man tried to abduct a 9 year old girl just steps from her home.

"My niece is paralyzed she hasn’t been able to sleep," Doris Valentine said. Tuesday. "I thank god that that pervert didn’t really get his hands on her. That she’s with us right now.

Today there was progress as investigators arrested a suspect. But the girl’s aunt says the family isn’t celebrating.

On Sept. 4, police arrested 31-year-old Stephen Cardoza of Norwich on charges related to the incident. New London Police charged Cardoza with Risk of Injury, Public Indecency, breach of peace and criminal trespass.

On August 3, officers responded to 93 State Pier Rd, for the report of an attempted abduction of a 9 year old girl by an unknown male. Police said the man attempted to coax the juvenile into his truck by telling her that he was sent by her mother to pick her up.

The child immediately ran to the apartment of a family member who then contacted the New London Police Department.

After further investigation of the reported incident, New London Police detectives were able to identify the suspect and secure an arrest warrant for the suspect.

"They’re giving him chances between now and day of court or whatever to put them in jail," Valentine said.

We knocked on Cardoza’s front door in Norwich-no one answered.

But Doris promises she will see him very soon in court. And Doris plans to remind Cardoza that there will be consequences for stealing her niece’s innocence.

Cardoza was released from custody on a court set bond.

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