- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A woman who stopped by a Roselle auto shop to see about a car repair was allegedly held against her will and assaulted for several hours before being rescued by police.

Fifty-two-year-old Ricky Suepoi of Westfield has been charged with kidnapping, attempted sexual assault, aggravated assault and other offenses.

Roselle police and the Union County prosecutor’s office say the 23-year-old woman came to Shelbourne Motorsports Tuesday night at about 8 p.m. and saw Suepoi, whom she knew previously. Suepoi allegedly struck her several times and brandished what appeared to be a firearm.

Over the next several hours he allegedly tried to sexually assault the woman. She eventually called police from the shop’s bathroom.

Suepoi was being held on $500,000 bail Thursday. It wasn’t immediately known if he’d retained an attorney.

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