The wife of a Vernon man arrested for kidnapping her daughter is begging the court to reduce the charges against her husband, insisting it was all a misunderstanding.
Police said they were called to a home on Talcottville Road just after 5 a.m. Saturday. When they got to the home, they learned that Danny Perry, 31, of Prospect Street, took the young girl and refused to give her back unless his demands were met.
Police said he kept the girl in his car, repeatedly calling her mother but refusing to say where he was, despite repeated pleas that the girl be returned.
Just after 6 a.m., he was speaking with the mother when Vernon police, who had been searching for Perry since the first call, came upon his car parked at a local business.
Perry, who is a lifelong Vernon resident and works at the Vernon Diner, was removed from the car and was arrested.
The child was immediately returned to her mother unharmed.
Perry, who has a criminal history including larceny and failure to appear, is being held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond and was charged with harassment, kidnapping and risk of injury to a child. He appeared in Rockville Superior Court Monday.
"Are you saying I can't see my wife," Perry said in court Monday.
Perry's wife told Eyewitness News police put a protective order against her Saturday after Vernon officers were called to the couple's home. Perry called them there after his wife hit him with a pillow and also hurt him in the groin area.
She was arrested and her 4-year-old daughter stayed with Perry.
Perry's wife went to a friend's apartment because the protective order forbid her from contacting Perry or being near him.
She ignored his texts and calls, and after Perry showed up at the friend's apartment pounding the door, he refused to leave his wife's daughter there unless she spoke with him in person.
For the next 45 minutes, police searched for Perry and found his van parked at the Vernon Diner where he's a cook. The girl was sleeping in the back and unharmed.
"He did not kidnap her at all. She was in no danger, and she was not kidnapped," the wife told Eyewitness. "It was just emotions got in the way."
Judge Hunchu Kwak ordered Perry to surrender all his firearms to police.
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