New London man arrested on assault, kidnapping charges

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Norwich — A New London man faces assault and kidnapping charges stemming from an Aug. 31 incident in which he allegedly forced a Norwich victim into a vehicle and then intentionally crashed the car.

Christian Rivera, 21, of 236 Crystal Ave., New London, was charged at 2:15 p.m. Thursday with second-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping, interfering with an emergency call and second-degree larceny. He was held on a $25,000 bond and was arraigned Friday in Norwich Superior Court.

Police said Rivera was arrested on a warrant in the Aug. 31 incident, which was reported to police on Sept. 1. Rivera is alleged to have forced the victim into a car and then driven recklessly on an unspecified highway, intentionally crashing the vehicle. Neither Rivera nor the victim were seriously injured in the crash.

Rivera also allegedly interfered with the victim’s attempt to call 911 to report the incident.

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