STAMFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man told police he was just trying to teach his ex-girlfriend a lesson when he allegedly broke into her apartment, gagged her with tape and threatened to hold her captive.
Bhaumik Patel, 30, said he just needed to let his ex know she’d be putting herself in danger if she treated other men the way she treated him, by labeling him “crazy” and a “stalker,” the Stamford Advocate reported.
Patel was arrested Thursday after he allegedly let himself into the 26-year-old woman’s apartment in Stamford with a set of keys he still had from when they were dating and waited for her in the bedroom. When she got home, he bound her and put tape over her mouth, police say.
The woman was able to escape and Patel then called police and waited for them in the lobby of the apartment. Patel told police he and the woman were in a relationship for two years until recently. He says he found out that the woman was telling others he was a crazy stalker, according to a police report.
The report also stated that the suspect appeared to be convinced that his behavior was necessary and that the woman would “learn a valuable lesson on how to keep herself safe by not treating others poorly.”
Patel was arraigned Wednesday on charges of home invasion, burglary, unlawful restraint and assault. His bond was set at $200,000.