A Stamford man has been arrested for allegedly posing as a police officer and abducting a female student Tuesday night at Norwalk Community College, police said.
Alexander Wendorf, 27, of 77 East Ridge Road, was arrested on Austin Street in Stamford Wednesday afternoon and charged with second-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful restraint and criminal impersonation of a police officer; he was held in lieu of $500,000 bond.
The woman managed to escape by jumping out of a car at 7:15 p.m. just north of the school's campus at Richards and Scribner avenues, police said. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital with minor injuries.
State police are heading the investigation since the incident, reported at 7:10 p.m. by security at the 11,000-student school, occurred on state property.
Wendorf, who attended classes at the college in spring 2005, lured the woman into his light-colored SUV by asking for directions and saying he was a Norwalk police officer, police sources said. He then drive off campus with the woman.
As well as publicizing warnings of the abduction on the school's electronic message boards, the school sent out a text message and e-mail to students and faculty about the incident on Wednesday morning, said Madeline Barillo, director of public relations for the college.
With assistance from NCC security and Norwalk police the state Police Major Crime Squad developed leads and located Wendorf on Austin Street, where he was arrested without incident, a press release from state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.