Connecticut rapist who tried to kidnap Saratoga teenager told on ‘Dateline’

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NEW YORK — A botched investigation into the actions of a rapist, who then attempted to abduct a Saratoga Springs teenage girl in 2005, will be the focus of tonight’s “Dateline NBC.”

The show, ‘Evil Paid a Visit,’ which airs at 9 p.m. on NBC, will recall the ordeal of Connecticut mother Donna Palomba after John Regan burst into her home in the early morning hours of September 10. 1993. With his two children, ages 5 and 7, asleep, he entered her bedroom, cut her clothes with a knife and raped her at gunpoint.

When the then 36-year-old woman reported the matter to police, investigators accused her of lying and threatened to arrest her instead of Regan, who is from a prominent family in Waterbury, Connecticut .

Regan was never charged with the Palomba rape.

Then in 2004, Regan was charged with the kidnapping and unlawful restraint of a 21-year-old colleague. He was released on $350,000 bail. That’s when he got into his van and headed to Saratoga Springs.

When he arrived in Saratoga Springs on October 31, 2005, he drove to the high school where he tried to drag a member of the women’s cross-country ski team into his van, which was fitted with a noose, a tarpaulin, a shovel, a syringe. and photographic equipment. As the student struggled to break free, her cross-country coach witnessed the attack, freed the girl, and restrained Regan until police arrived.

On July 13, 2006, Regan was sentenced to 12 years in prison. On October 26, 2006, he was sentenced in Connecticut to 15 years, to run concurrently with his 12 years in New York. Regan, 65, remains in jail at Bare Hill Correctional Center in Malone, New York. However, he could be released in October 2022, the state Department of Corrections website says.

The episode “Dateline” will recount Palomba’s ordeal and his years of attempting justice.

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