Bridgeport school board member pleads not guilty to kidnapping, impersonation of police officer
MILFORD — Allowing that he may be doing it at his own “peril,” Bridgeport school board member Chris Taylor told a judge Tuesday he will be representing himself on charges that he posed as a police officer and attempted to kidnap his wife’s 21-year-old son at gunpoint.
“If the court would like to appoint someone to second seat me please do so. Otherwise, I accept my own peril,” Taylor told Superior Court Judge Peter Brown.
However, Taylor’s wife, Stacy Taylor, who is facing similar charges to her husband, told the judge she intended to apply for a public defender.
Chris Taylor, 50, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree kidnapping with a firearm, impersonation of a police officer, first-degree threatening, third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. He asked for a jury trial.
“The case involved a family member who wasn’t in his right mind,” Taylor told the judge. “I think I can work this out with the prosecutor.”
But Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Howard Stein told the judge it is not his policy to hold pretrial discussions with defendants representing themselves. “Because any information that comes out from the defendant could result in me being called as a witness in the case,” Stein said.
Brown continued the case to Jan. 28 at which time the judge said he will decide whether Taylor can represent himself.
Taylor declined comment as he left the courtroom.
Both Taylor and his wife are free after each posted $100,000 bond.
Seymour police said officers were dispatched to an apartment building on Pearl Street on Nov. 23 for a complaint of an assault. When officers arrived, Taylor and his wife had fled, police said.
The landlord later told officers he had received a call from a man who identified himself as a police officer with warrants for the arrest of the victim, police said. The landlord said the man on the telephone told him both he and a female officer would be arriving at the apartment building to arrest the victim.
Police said Taylor and his wife soon arrived in front of the apartment building and Chris Taylor told the landlord that other officers had the street blocked off. Police said the landlord then let Stacy Taylor into the apartment where she grabbed the victim and put his arm behind his back, taking him out of the building to where Chris Taylor was waiting by a car.
“I heard yelling and fighting as the three exchanged words,” police said the landlord told them. “I got behind my car because I was scared someone was going to start shooting.”
As the victim fought to get away, the landlord told police he heard Chris Taylor yell, “Stop or I’ll pull my weapon.”
Police said the landlord heard a young child crying in Chris Taylor’s car while this was all going on.
Police said the victim told them Chris Taylor was trying to force him into their car.
“Chris then grabbed me around the body and was trying to push me to the ground and pick me up. ... I believe that if I had not fought him off, he would have been able to get me in the car,” police said he told them.
He managed to get free and ran over to his landlord, police said.