Stamford home invasion victim describes getting wrapped in packing tape
STAMFORD — A woman described to a judge Monday how her former boyfriend wrapped her in packing tape inside her Woodside Green apartment in 2015 during an apparent attempt to reconcile their relationship.
The victim told Judge Gary White she and Bhaumik Patel worked together at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford and dated for more than a year. The woman said she ended the relationship in November 2014 because Patel refused to get to know her family.
The woman testified that Patel harassed her and she eventually blocked him on a company message system because his comments were inappropriate. The woman said she started driving to work because Patel often pulled up and asked if she needed a ride. When the woman drove to work, she said Patel confronted her numerous times in the company parking lot.
The woman testified Patel became more aggressive and she saw a different side to him.
“He had the most dead look in the eyes that I’ve seen anybody have,” the woman said as she recalled encountering him in her apartment with the packing tape in December 2015.
The woman testified Patel put one of his hands over her mouth and used his other arm to grab the middle section of her body. The woman said had trouble breathing and passed out from the pain of his grip because she broke several ribs in a soccer game the previous night.
The woman awoke to Patel holding her wrists and he tried to drag her into a bedroom, she testified. The woman said she was screaming and holding onto the hallway walls until Patel dropped her on the floor. The woman testified she tried to run out the front door, but Patel caught her before she could escape.
The victim said Patel eventually allowed her to answer a call from her mother. She told her mother to call the police. She said Patel dropped to his knees and she ran out of the apartment.
Patel, 33, faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted of all charges, which include burglary, unlawful restraint and home invasion.
The bench trial will continue Tuesday when Patel’s attorney Lindy Urso will cross-examine the victim.