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Craigslist Transaction Turns into Sexual Assault of West Hartford Woman

Joshua Jose Cordero. Courtesy of West Hartford Police Department

A West Hartford woman had arranged a Craigslist transaction, but police report that when the man arrived at her home to complete the transaction he sexually assaulted her.

Joshua Jose Cordero. Courtesy of West Hartford Police Department

Joshua Jose Cordero. Courtesy of West Hartford Police Department

By Ronni Newton

A West Hartford woman was sexually assaulted at her home Friday afternoon by a man with whom she had arranged a legitimate Craigslist transaction for sale of merchandise, police said.

The incident occurred on Glenn Lane, and was reported just after 2 p.m.

According to police, the victim was able to provide a description of the suspect, and said that he fled on bicycle. The suspect was located and apprehended a short distance from the woman’s home.

Joshua Jose Cordero, 26, of Hungerford Street in Hartford, has been charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, first- and third-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, and third-degree assault.

Cordero is being held on $1 million surety bond.

The woman was treated at a nearby hospital, police said.

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