New London, Conn. (WTNH) - A man accused of abducting his estranged wife at gunpoint onValentine's Day was arraigned in a New London court Tuesday.
The prosecutor calls it a classic case in which the defendant,Percy Lobaton, 33, wasn't going to stop until he killed his soon tobe ex-wife and mother of his child.
"The victim told the police that this defendant said he wasgoing to kill her and then kill himself," prosecutor Peter McShanesaid.
Police say the life threatening Valentine's Day ordeal beganwhen the victim agreed to meet Lobaton Sunday morning. Police saythat's when he forced his way into her car at the corner of BroadStreet and Jefferson Avenue armed with a gun. He then drove themonto I-95 heading south.
According to police the victim was able to get the gun away fromthe accused who was driving the car. She then threw that gun outthe window onto the highway. A short time later they stopped at arest area in Milford. She was able to run into the women's room andget help.
Two women in the rest room called the victim's family and policeafter Lobaton came in and tried to grab the victim again. Policelater recovered what turned out to be a pellet gun.
Back on Broad Street police also recovered a bag from Lobaton'scar which contained duct tape, rope, a plastic bag, andearplugs.
"The only reason this is not a homicide is for the actions, onthe actions of the victim who obviously saved her life," McShanesaid.
The state says this is the third time Lobaton has violated arestraining order.
Lobaton's public defender questioned whether or not the victimwas with him voluntarily.
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