Deputies: Woman held hostage by boyfriend for 15 days

- On Stone Haven Lane in Camelot Lakes, one woman's home turned into her prison.

Sergeant Adam Kaskey with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said it started in late May after the woman got a restraining order against her boyfriend, Isidro Espina-Aquino. Kaskey said Espina-Aquino called his girlfriend to tell her he was coming over with deputies to get some personal items, but when he showed up he was alone.

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"He had wrapped her up in a blanket and had used his belt to restrain her because he was afraid she would leave in the middle of the night," said Sgt. Adam Kaskey. "From that time on, he stayed at the house with her, would not allow her to leave if they did leave they left together. He was monitoring her phone calls, was monitoring anything she was doing on the phone, on the internet."

For more than two weeks, she was a prisoner in her own home. Deputies said he used a bandana to tie her arms and a towel to bind her legs together. An arrest report said he planned to keep her captive until the next court date where he wanted her to change her story about the battery that led to the restraining order.

"He had put tape on the doors... if she left or was getting up in the middle of the night he would hear the tape coming off of the door so it would hopefully wake him," said Sgt.Kaskey.

Deputies said he also forced her to take a Xanax pill and threatened to inject her with a strong pain medication. But Wednesday, after 15 days held in captivity, she saw her chance to escape and ran to a neighbor, who called 911.

Espina-Aquino told deputies he was keeping his girlfriend safe from herself because she was "detoxing." Deputies said they don't believe that is true.

"She's incredibly courageous in that aspect and able to leave the house and get free and get help for herself," said Sgt. Kaskey.

Espina-Aquino is charged with domestic battery, false imprisonment, and violation of an injunction for protection. A judge set his bond at $300,000.

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