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New Jersey man charged with kidnapping in Meriden hotel incident

New Jersey man charged with kidnapping in Meriden hotel incident



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MERIDEN — A man faces kidnapping and assault charges after police said he held a woman at a local hotel over the weekend. 

Jay Outlaw, 31, of 322 East 19th St., Patterson, New Jersey, was charged Tuesday with second-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful restraint, two counts of possession of narcotics, three counts of violation of a protective order, and two counts of third-degree assault. 

The incident started on Saturday around 11:20 a.m. when police received a 911 call from a cell phone where only yelling could be heard in the background. Police determined the location of the phone was near the Hawhorn Suites, 1151 E. Main St., and that it belonged to a Torrington woman, according to a police report. Police checked the hotel, but could not locate the woman. 

On Tuesday around 12:05 a.m., police received a 911 call from the same number. A crying woman could be heard saying “why won’t you let me go,” the report said. Police determined the phone was again near the Hawthorn Suites and that the woman the Torrington woman had three protective orders against Outlaw.

After the woman texted dispatchers she was being held against her will, police went to Outlaw’s room at the hotel and found her with injuries to her face, including a bruised eye that was partially swollen, the report said. She reported that after he had invited her to the room on Saturday, Outlaw punched her in the face several times.

Police detained Outlaw and found cocaine and five ecstasy pills. He  has “a very extensive criminal history”  — including domestic violence convictions, according to the police report.  

Outlaw was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to statements in court, he has a pending case in Waterbury involving the same woman. In that case, he is charged with first-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct, according to the statements. His bond was set at  $750,000.

lsellew@record-journal.com
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