The weirdness surrounding Brooklyn Mirage continues after reviews of a Connecticut-based physician being kidnapped for a weekend after attending the New York venue surfaced.
The alleged incident occurred after the Norwalk Hospital physician, who has not been named, and his pals attended a present on the Brooklyn Mirage on 21 July, based on a police report obtained by The Hour.
The weird incident came about after the current deaths of Karl Clemente and John Castic, each 27-year-old males who mysteriously disappeared close to the Brooklyn Mirage. Both males had been discovered useless within the close by physique of water.
After the July present ended, the Connecticut physician obtained right into a cab to hitch a experience to his automotive, which was parked a number of blocks away, however he wasn’t alone. Another man was within the again seat, the outlet reported. The cab driver mentioned he was taking them to an “after-hours party in Manhattan” and refused to take the physician to his automotive, the incident report allegedly mentioned.
They truly arrived at a celebration, the place the cab driver reportedly demanded fee; the physician refused to pay him, saying he didn’t take him to the place he requested to be pushed. The pair obtained right into a verbal argument, which shortly escalated into the cab driver allegedly attempting to punch the physician, the outlet mentioned.
That’s when 43-year-old Anthony Benjamin intervened within the scuffle to attempt to calm issues down, The Hour reported. Mr Benjamin advised the physician that he was the get together’s promoter. But once they entered the get together, Mr Benjamin “started acting weird,” based on the physician, including that he was the physician’s “protection” and he was “packing” as he touched his waistband, based on the publication.
Mr Benjamin ordered that he and the physician take a Lyft from Manhattan again to Brooklyn, the place they obtained into the physician’s automotive. Mr Benjamin allegedly advised the physician he would present him round his neighbourhood within the Bronx, the outlet reported.
The so-called promoter appeared to attempt to intimidate the physician, saying that he’s “put people in body bags before” and that he lets “bullets fly.” Then, Mr Benjamin threatened the physician, “stating he was going to kill him, but he would then smile and laugh at him,” based on the incident report.
Later on, Mr Benjamin allegedly demanded the physician withdraw cash from a number of ATMs, as Mr Benjamin needed $20,000; the physician mentioned he couldn’t try this, as he was solely in a position to take out about $1,000. Mr Benjamin pressured the physician to make use of his banking app to see if he may take out extra money, the outlet reported.
“He then gave Benjamin the money, which he was giving it out to people and his friends in the neighborhood,” based on the incident report.
The hostage-taking remodeled right into a buying spree within the Bronx. The physician allegedly advised police that the pair stopped in a number of shops, together with a Foot Locker. Although they tried to purchase some objects, the physician’s ATM card and bank card saved getting declined.
The ‘party promoter’ additionally took the physician to his barber store, the place he obtained a haircut, and to a strip membership, based on the incident report.
The physician saved “going along with what Benjamin wanted him to do because whenever he stated he had to leave to go to work Benjamin would get angry,” police mentioned within the incident report. Mr Benjamin allegedly advised the physician he had a gun.
The physician, who was working on-call for the weekend, even started taking calls from his sufferers. Early on 23 July, the physician acquired a name from the emergency division a couple of affected person, so he urged Mr Benjamin that he needed to get again to work or else individuals would begin to search for him, the outlet wrote.
Because the physician had a stick shift automotive, Mr Benjamin couldn’t drive it, so he allegedly requested Steve Daley, 50, to deliver them to Norwalk Hospital.
When they arrived—at 3.40am— the physician reported the incident to hospital safety, who put Norwalk Hospital on lockdown, based on the incident report. While police spoke with the physician, officers found the boys within the automotive and took them into custody.
According to the outlet, Mr Benjamin was charged with second-degree kidnapping and possession of a managed substance, whereas Mr Daley was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping.
The pair are subsequent scheduled to look in state Superior Court in Stamford on 19 September, based on The Hour.
The Independent has reached out to Norwalk Hospital and the Norwalk Police Department.