Southbury police rescue kidnapped woman, suspect arrested

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SOUTHBURY — Southbury Police Department responded to a kidnapping incident on May 10, where a male suspect was observed dragging a female through a wooded area and forcing her into a vehicle before fleeing the scene.

At around 12:01 p.m., emergency dispatch received a call about a domestic violence situation on Elaine Drive and Curt Smith Road.

Officers immediately searched the vicinity but were initially unable to find the vehicle.

Further investigation led to an emergency cell phone ping which located the suspect’s phone near Quaker Farms Road and Punkup Road in Oxford.

Police officers from Southbury and Oxford, along with Connecticut State Police (CSP) troopers, converged on the area.

Southbury Detective Brianna Critelli spotted the suspect vehicle near Southford Falls State Park and a traffic stop was executed at the park’s entrance.

The victim was found inside the vehicle along with the suspect, identified as Brian Lambert.

Lambert was apprehended without further incident and the victim received aid.

Lambert was processed by Southbury PD, with Detective Critelli leading the case.

He faces multiple charges including Kidnapping in the Second Degree, Unlawful Restraint in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Threatening in the Second Degree, and Disorderly Conduct.

A $5 million bond was set by Waterbury Superior Court, and Lambert was transported to New Haven Correctional Facility.

His arraignment is scheduled for Monday at Waterbury Superior Court.

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