‘I was kidnapped at a gig and forced on $6K spree with pizza and strip club
A doctor was kidnapped outside a gig and forced to go on a massive spending bender that took him from the shops to a strip club.
Michael Bautista, a 32-year-old ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon based in Connecticut was possibly held at gunpoint outside the Brooklyn Mirage music venue in New York.
Included in the horrific saga was a $6,000 (£4,700) shopping spree and slices of pizza.
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From Norwalk, he claims he was held by a man called “Tony G’s,” who promised if he did “anything funny”, he’d shoot him.
A man called Anthony Benjamin, 42, is a suspect in the case surrounding the incident on July 22 and 23.
The wild nighttime saga is also understood to have included a trip to a Footlocker, smoothies and a strip club.
According to the New York Post citing sources, Benjamin is accused of making Bautista spend $1,800 (£1,400) at 4U House of Fitted Caps on White Plains Road; $1,100 (£860) at Foxy Fitness and Pole, a chain of pole-dance fitness schools; and nearly $1,700 (£1,330) at Foot Locker.
He is also understood to have made him go to his barber, where the accused allegedly got a trim.
The outlet reports that as the tirade wore on, Benjamin allegedly got more and more aggressive.
At one point he is claimed to have said he, “put people in body bags before” and he wasn’t afraid to “let bullets fly”.
A second man, Steve Daley, 50, of Vernon, New York, is understood to have been involved in the saga, with Bautista being taken prisoner when he got a taxi outside the event, with the driver and Benjamin preventing him from getting him to his destination.
Benjamin is understood to have calmed the situation with the doctor and the driver down, before telling him he was his protector and taking him on the wild night.
This night included a trip to the ATM and Foxy Fitness and Pole, where they spent $1,100 (£860).
Connecticut police charged Benjamin with second-degree kidnapping with a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.
His bond was set at $1million (£784,500) but he was later released, court records showed.
Daley was also charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping and his bond was set at $250,000 (£196,128), but he was released under the same promise.
Both are scheduled to appear in Connecticut Superior Court on September 19.
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