Police chase after kidnapping ends in Greenwich

A dramatic kidnapping  and police chase ended along Interstate 95 in Greenwich on Sunday night.

Police said the incident stemmed from a woman’s attempt to escape an abusive relationship. The woman’s boyfriend allegedly kidnapped her at gunpoint Sunday night in Bridgeport and then fled with her on I-95 southbound with police in pursuit, resulting in a brief chase that ended near Greenwich’s border with Stamford on the highway.

The man was identified as Joshua Vega, 23, of Bridgeport. According to William Kaempffer, spokesman for the Bridgeport Police Department, Mr. Vega was charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace, kidnapping with a firearm, possession of a pistol without a permit, and five counts of second-degree threatening. As of Tuesday, he was being held on a $100,000 bond.

Bridgeport police say that the woman was treated for injuries after Mr. Vega was taken into custody.

The call for the incident originated from a Bridgeport supermarket called the Food Bazaar, where the woman had been with friends. Allegedly there had been a history of abuse in the relationship, and police said that Mr. Vega has “domestic violence tendencies.” Police said the woman had been attempting to end the relationship and that Mr. Vega allegedly forced her and four friends into his car after he displayed a gun.

The friends were soon let go and they contacted police, who began the pursuit on I-95. Stamford police allegedly spotted the car near exit 5 on I-95 by Riverside and pulled it over. Bridgeport police responded to the scene and an illegal firearm was allegedly recovered as part of the investigation.

Greenwich police were made aware of the incident, but it was not necessary for them to respond.

Mr. Vega was scheduled for arraignment in court this past Tuesday.


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