EMT's ex-boyfriend, sister tried to stop her kidnapping by fellow EMT
Suspended Ct. EMT Bradley Doyle was carrying a BB gun, handcuffs, pepper spray, knife, duct tape, cable ties and rope, according to an arrest warrant
By Lisa Backus
New Haven Register, Conn.
Bridgeport, Conn. — Suspended Bridgeport EMT Bradley Doyle forced a woman to drive at knifepoint weeks before police say he kidnapped her while carrying a BB gun, handcuffs, pepper spray, knife, duct tape, cable ties and an 8-foot length of rope, according to an arrest warrant.
Doyle, 22, of Milford, was arraigned Monday in a Connecticut hospital after being served with an arrest warrant by Bridgeport police, charging him with robbery by carjacking, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree threatening and first-degree reckless endangerment.
Doyle is also facing charges in connection with a 2019 Wallingford incident where he tried to force his way into the home of another woman he had briefly dated, court documents stated. A judge has twice denied Doyle's bid to have the charges dropped in that case, court documents indicate.
Doyle has been on unpaid leave as an EMT at American Medical Response since the Feb. 23 incident, which began outside the Connecticut Avenue facility where the woman also works. The woman briefly dated Doyle, who she said was "constantly harassing her at work," the warrant said.
Two weeks before the Feb. 23 incident, Doyle refused to allow the woman to leave a party and forced her at knifepoint to drive around Bridgeport, the warrant said. The next day, he refused to allow her to leave his parents' home, she told investigators, according to the warrant.
The woman's sister called Doyle's mother, who helped her escape the home, the warrant stated. However, the mother pleaded with the woman to not report the incident because "it would ruin Bradley Doyle's life," the warrant said.
The woman asked a former boyfriend to come to the AMR facility when her shift ended around 1 a.m. on Feb. 23 so she could avoid Doyle, the warrant stated. However, Doyle was able to force the woman into her car and indicated he had a gun inside his backpack, the warrant stated. The woman's former boyfriend called 911 and followed the 22-year-old woman after Doyle kidnapped her, the warrant stated.
Doyle made her get out of the driver's seat and into the passenger's side and then attempted to take off as the woman's ex-boyfriend tried to block his path with his own vehicle, the warrant said. As she was getting in the passenger seat, Doyle said, "I came prepared this time, not like last time," according to the warrant.
Doyle was able to get around the other car and onto the highway with the ex-boyfriend, who called police, the warrant stated. The ex-boyfriend eventually had to stop following them as state troopers chased Doyle, the warrant said.
After speeds reached up to 100 mph on Route 8, state troopers ended the chase due to bad weather, the warrant stated.
The car was located in Haddam with the victim found safely after Doyle allowed the woman to call her sister in Florida who convinced him to pull over, the warrant stated.
Doyle told the sister as he was driving that "he doesn't want to live" and the "only good thing in his life" was the victim, the warrant said.
The sister told troopers who were tracking the victim's phone that she believed Doyle had a firearm "and that if police approach them, he will shoot" the victim and himself, the warrant said.
After the victim was rescued, she told troopers that Doyle had thrown the gun out of the car when he believed police were about to capture him, the warrant said. The gun was found on a nearby cul-de-sac where the victim said Doyle had ditched the firearm, the warrant stated.
Conn. EMT arrested, accused of kidnapping, carjacking fellow EMT he dated
Bradley Doyle faces multiple charges, including robbery and unlawful restraint, after an incident that began at an AMR Bridgeport parking lot
Doyle is facing two sets of charges from state police, including carrying a pistol without a permit and carrying a dangerous weapon and reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disobeying an officers signal, engaging police in pursuit, failure to maintain proper lane, interfering with police and first-degree reckless endangerment.
Doyle was given a non-surety bond for the state police charges and transferred to Bridgeport police custody. He has been in the hospital after being deemed suicidal since being taken into custody by Bridgeport police.
His attorney Ed Gavin declined comment last week about any of his client's pending charges.
Doyle's bond was set at $1 million and he is expected to be transferred from the hospital to a state Department of Correction facility, Bridgeport Capt. Kevin Gilleran said Monday.
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