Crime & Courts

Police: Woman held in home for 3 days against her will

A 52-year-old man has been accused of holding his common-law wife hostage for three days earlier this week, police said.

Police went to check on the 29-year-old woman’s welfare after the family for whom she was providing home health care reported she hasn’t been showing up for work, Lt. James Espinoza said. Officers went to the woman’s home in the 1500 block of North Broadview, where the suspect told them she had left for work. That’s northwest of 13th and Oliver.

As they continued to investigate, the woman told the officers the man had kept her in the house against her will for three days, Espinoza said. She had been released an hour before officers arrived and went to tell a friend what had happened prior to calling 911.

The common-law husband was taken into custody, Espinoza said, then complained of chest pains while being questioned. He was hospitalized with a possible heart attack.

Once he is released from the hospital, Espinoza said, the man will be booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of numerous offenses, including aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and criminal threat.

“She’s very fortunate” that the incident didn’t take an even darker turn, Espinoza said of the victim.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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