NEW BRITAIN - A Hartford man charged with trying to pull a woman into his car and groping her is fighting the charges levied against him.
Antonio Suazo, 42, of Putnam Street, formally asked for a trial during a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court, judicial records on Tuesday indicated.
Though his case was added to the trial list, a start date has not yet been scheduled.
Suazo is being held on $500,000 bond while he awaits trial. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted first-degree kidnapping, fourth-degree sexual assault without consent, first-degree unlawful restraint, engaging police in pursuit and illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension.
According to the police report, Suazo approached the victim at the intersection of Rocky Hill Avenue and Ellis Street on Dec. 12, 2019, and said, “let’s go do delicious things in my car.”
When the woman said “no,” Suazo grabbed her and tried to kiss her, the report continued.
The woman began hitting him with her cell phone, and he allegedly began to fondle her, police allege in the report. He also allegedly grabbed her breasts and was able to slide his hand into her pants, the report continued.
The woman screamed for him to stop, but no one came to her aid, according to the report. She said she was afraid for her life and thought Suazo was going to kill her, the report said.
Someone working across the street from the bus stop said, when he heard the victim screaming, he saw the man attempting to drag a woman to his car, the report stated. The worker started to approach the suspect but backed away when Suazo allegedly made a gesture toward his waistband, according to the report.
The woman kept yelling and once she said she was going to call the police, Suazo let her go, fled to his car and drove away, the report alleges.
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