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Victim describes injection during estate invasion
Victim describes injection during break-in, extortion at Bass estate in Connecticut
By The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' The partner of philanthropist Anne H. Bass described a home invasion in 2007 in which their captors injected them with what they claimed was a deadly virus.

Julian Lethbridge, testifying in the trial of Emanuel Nicolescu (nik-oh-LES'-kyoo), says he initially thought the liquid was a poison or something to knock him unconscious and hoped he would wake up and the ordeal would be over.

A prosecutor said three masked men broke into Bass' Connecticut estate, tied up her and Lethbridge and injected them in an attempt to extort millions of dollars.

The substance turned out to be harmless.

Nicolescu's attorney says her client, a former butler at the property, did not plan or participate in the crime and forensic evidence did not tie him to the scene.

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