Police: 2 men charged in kidnapping of Connecticut doctor
A Connecticut doctor says he was kidnapped the weekend of July 21 after leaving the Brooklyn Mirage and getting into a cab.
This marks the third suspicious incident police are investigating in recent months involving men leaving the concert venue. The doctor told the Norwalk Police Department he was forced to take out money from multiple ATM's, go shopping, and out to a strip club in New York City.
Psychologist Karl Clemente was reported missing after leaving the Brooklyn Mirage in June and was found dead in Newtown Creek.
On July 29th, on eerily similar situation transpired - Goldman Sachs analyst John Castic was also reported missing after leaving a concert at the Brooklyn Mirage. His body was found floating in Newtown Creek five days later, on Aug. 3.
Norwalk police have confirmed that Anthony Benjamin, 43, of the Bronx, and Steve Daley, 50, of Mount Vernon, have been charged in connection to the Connecticut doctor's kidnapping, which took place between July 21-23.
On July 23, the doctor told Benjamin he had to go to work for an emergency at Norwalk Hospital. Benjamin couldn't drive the victim, so he contacted Steve Daley, 50, to drive him and the doctor to the hospital. Police say the three arrived at the hospital at around 3:40 a.m., where the doctor told hospital security the weekend's events. Benjamin and Daley were then arrested and charged with kidnapping.
Benjamin has been charged with second-degree kidnapping with a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance, while Daley has been charged with second-degree kidnapping with a firearm.
Norwalk police and the NYPD are investigating this incident. At this time, neither police department has determined these crimes involving men leaving the Brooklyn Mirage to be connected.
Benjamin's bond was set at $1 million, and Daley's bond was set at $250,000. Both men are scheduled to appear in court in Stamford, Connecticut on Sept. 19.