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Danbury suspect kidnaps man he mistook as homeless

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David Pope. (Danbury police photo) David Pope. (Danbury police photo)
DANBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A man faces kidnapping charges in Danbury after police said he kidnapped and fed someone he mistook as a homeless man.

They said David Pope saw the 77-year-old victim pushing a carriage of cans and bottles down Lincoln Avenue, grabbed him by the arm and escorted the victim to Pope's home.

The incident happened Wednesday just before 6:30 p.m.

The victim was bitten by Pope's Staffordshire Terrier. Despite the injury, police said Pope proceeded to feed the victim.

The victim said he ate the food because he feared for his life.

Eventually, the victim told police that he was able to leave the home when Pope wasn't looking. He went to his own home and called officers.

When police arrived at Pope's home, they said the suspect refused to put his dog away so they could safely speak with him.

When they were able to talk to him, they said Pope showed signs of intoxication.

Police said they charged Pope with interfering with an officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree kidnapping and disorderly conduct.

He was held on a $500 bond.

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