NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man continues to be held on $100,000 bond for the alleged attempted rape of a woman in broad daylight Saturday in New Haven.
Thirty-one-year-old Wilman Carrasco of New Haven faces charges of criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and larceny.
The 24-year-old victim told police that Carrasco followed her for several blocks and slapped her buttocks before pulling her behind a home on Trumbull Street. There, he allegedly threw her on the ground and attempted to pull down her pants, police said.
A passerby heard the victim’s screams and flagged down a police cruiser, police said. After a brief chase that may have included Carrasco jumping a fence onto an I-91 on-ramp, the suspect was apprehended on nearby Bradley Street.
Clifton Tepper says his quiet neighborhood became quite chaotic as police were looking for Carrasco.
“They were talking about how there were all these police cars and all that,” Tepper said. “Apparently, he tried to run into our yard and tried to enter through the door to our basement, which fortunately was locked.”
Police arrested Carrasco behind Tepper’s next-door neighbor’s home. A woman who lives there said her husband immediately called her to warn of the possible danger.
“He told me I need to be careful … because usually I like to run on this street,” she said.
“It’s definitely an eye-opening experience, but I don’t think it changes my view,” Tepper said. “This is a pretty nice area to live.”
Police say Carrasco also stole the victim’s wallet though it wasn’t on him when they put him in handcuffs. The New Haven man is due back in court June 2.