Woman Held Captive in Wallingford Home, Boyfriend Suspected

Police said restrained her and forced her to drink what he claimed is poison.

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014  |  Updated 11:35 AM EDT
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Woman Held Captive in Wallingford Home

Manchester Police

Daniel Kukish is accused of holding his girlfriend against her will and forcing her to drink what he said was poison.


A 28-year-old Wallingford man has been arrested, accused of holding his 18-year-old girlfriend captive in their Summit Drive home, restraining her, threatening her with a gun and forcing her to drink what he claimed was poison.

The woman contacted police at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 and told them that Daniel Kukish had held her against her will at the home they shared in Wallingford.

The incident started on the morning of Dec. 28, when Kukish was high on drugs, acting erratically and accused the victim of being unfaithful to him, police said.

Using electrical tape, he bound the victim to a chair, held her at gunpoint and forced her to drink what he said was poison, police said.

The victim said Kukish held her for several hours before driving her to a residence on School Street in Manchester, claiming he needed to find the person she was allegedly cheating on him with. 

The woman said Kukish left her briefly and drove somewhere else. That is when Manchester police detained him for driving erratically, according to police.

According to a Manchester Police report, a police officer saw Kukish driving erratically and tried to stop him, but Kukish led the officer on a brief chase.

At some point on Dec. 28, police apprehended him in front of the School Street residence he had brought the victim to, police said, and charged him with disobeying an officer’s signal and weapons in a motor vehicle. 

According to court records, he was also charged with operating a vehicle without a license and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

Kukish was arraigned on Monday in Manchester Superior Court and is being held on a $10,000 bond in connection with those charges.  He is due in court next on Feb. 4.

Wallingford investigators went to the Summit Drive home with a search warrant, where they found firearms and a chair that still had electrical tape on it. The victim sustained minor physical injuries.

Wallingford Police said they have an arrest warrant charging Kukish with second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault. Bond was set at $500,000 bond. 

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