Police: Waterbury man arrested for attempted abduction of high school student

Delmer Pineda (photo provided by the Wolcott Police Dept.)

WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) — An 18-year-old Waterbury man has been arrested after police say he tried to abduct a high school student who was waiting for a school bus in Wolcott.

Wolcott police were called to Wolcott Road at 7 a.m. on Friday for a report of a possible attempted abduction. When officers arrived, the victim told them a white car, that police later discovered was driven by 18-year-old Delmer Pineda of Waterbury, pulled into the driveway where she was waiting, turned around, stopped in front of her, and asked if she wanted a ride to school.

Police say she told him, “No, my bus is coming and I don’t even know you.” The bus then pulled up and the male in the car asked if he could get her phone number and she again replied, “No, I don’t even know you.” She got onto the bus and the male drove north on Wolcott Road.

The victim described the vehicle as a white-colored, four-door sedan, with a grey interior. They driver was described as being in his late 20s, clean shaven, with dark brown or black hair, round face, wearing a white T-shirt, and spoke with a broken accent. Officers got video of the incident from a nearby gas station. Police say that at no time did the driver attempt to force the victim into the vehicle.

Shortly after, police spotted the vehicle parked in a parking lot of 246 Wolcott Road, a lot that accommodates several businesses. Only one business was open so officers went inside and asked who owned the ’97 Chevy Malibu, the vehicle the victim described. The officer was told it belonged to Pineda, an employee.

Officers spoke with Pineda who said that he had spoken with a girl earlier. The victim positively identified him as the driver who approached her. Pineda was arrested and charged with breach of peace.

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