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Staten Island man convicted of kidnapping, beating ex-girlfriend with bat

Posted at 11:40 AM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 11:49:30-05

PATERSON, New Jersey – A Staten Island man faces the maximum sentence after beating his former girlfriend with a bat and trying to kidnap her, according to prosecutors.

A jury found David Correa guilty of attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon Tuesday.

David Correa, of Staten Island. (Passaic County Prosecutor's Office)

David Correa, of Staten Island. (Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office)

The victim testified that Correa attacked her on July 8, 2013, when she stepped out of her house in Paterson to go to work.

Correa smashed her over the head with a wooden baseball bat and dragged her to his car, ripping off her wig and stuffing it into her mouth to stifle her cries, according to court documents.

As he tried to force her into his car, neighbors heard the struggle and came over to help, breaking up the kidnapping attempt as Correa sped off, investigators said.  Police found a bloody baseball bat, backpack with a cellphone and two sets of handcuffs at the scene.

Correa, who will be sentenced April 1, 2016 in Passaic County Superior Court, faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison.