New Britain man charged by Meriden police with kidnapping woman in 2020

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MERIDEN — A man faces charges after police said he held a woman against her will and assaulted her over a couple days in 2020. 

Victor Santa, 33, of 45 Skipper St., New Britain, was charged by warrant on Jan. 6 with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation, disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree threatening, and second-degree unlawful restraint. 

On Aug. 16, 2020, police responded to MidState Medical Center to speak with an assault victim. A woman said she was seeing Santa over the last few years. On Aug. 14, 2020 the woman said she met up with Santa consensually but that he wouldn’t let her leave, the warrant said. 

They went to a motel in Meriden and Southington and then to her home in Meriden over the next day and a half. The woman said Santa assaulted her while she was driving, broke her phone and beat her until she was unconscious while at the Meriden motel, the warrant said. 

The woman had visible injuries including multiple bruises, a swollen foot, a bloody lip and a swollen eye. The woman was able to alert her landlord, who came to the apartment and told Santa to leave or he would call police. 

When interviewed by police, Santa said he was drinking heavily and doesn’t remember anything about those couple of days. He said he remembered waking up on Aug. 16 at a motel in Meriden. 

Santa was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. The judge set bond at $75,000 and the case was continued to Jan. 27. 

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