Woman arrested in Bridgeport abduction attempt, sex assault

Towanna Randall


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A New Haven woman has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager who jumped from a moving car in Bridgeport.

Police say 38-year-old Towanna Randall is due in court on Tuesday on charges including third-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment.

Related: Bridgeport police hunt for woman who attacked girl in car

She was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond after her arrest Saturday night. It is not clear if she has hired a lawyer.

Bridgeport police are attempting to identify the people in this car they say attempted to abduct a teen girl Wednesday (Image provided by Bridgeport Police)
Bridgeport police are attempting to identify the people in this car they say attempted to abduct a teen girl Wednesday (Image provided by Bridgeport Police)

The incident was captured on surveillance video and shows the 17-year-old girl jumping from the moving car shortly after 7 a.m. last Monday.

“I don’t have any words, I honestly don’t its just a messed up situation,” said Anthony Edwards who lives in Randall’s neighborhood near Chapel Street.

Related: Police find car involved in attempted Bridgeport abduction

She told police she was lured into the Toyota Yaris while on her way to her Boston Avenue school and was sexually assaulted by the driver.

(WTNH/ Josh Scheinblum)
(WTNH/ Josh Scheinblum)

Neighbors of Randall, who live in her apartment building, say they’re shocked by the allegations.

“She always stays to herself, you know and she comes in sometimes, I might see her once a week so I can’t really say what type of person she is. I mean as far as me knowing her she was a good person,” said James Joyner, who lives in the apartment building .

Police say Randall has an extensive criminal record that includes robbery, larceny, and selling hallucinogenic narcotics.

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