Woman held captive for 11 hours, flees after son falls asleep

February 10, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A 48-year-old El Centro woman reportedly held captive in her apartment by her son for 11 hours Friday and Saturday fled to the police station when her son fell asleep.

El Centro police arrested Francisco Felix, 25, shortly after Maria Del Carmen Felix escaped to the police station about 7 a.m.

The woman alleged her son, who had been out of town and returned just days earlier, had come home about 8 p.m. Friday upset.

According to El Centro police Sgt. Mike Beltran, Mrs. Felix reported her son held a knife and threatened her. When she tried to leave, she alleged he pushed her into her room.


"He would not let her leave the house," Beltran said.

When Felix fell asleep in the morning, his mother escaped the apartment at 730 Olive St. and made her way a few blocks to the El Centro police station.

Based on Mrs. Felix's report, police responded to her home. She had given officers the key to the house and officers surprised Felix as he was waking up. Beltran said Felix was arrested without incident.

Police arrested Felix on suspicion of false imprisonment, terrorist threats, brandishing a weapon and battery.

He remained in the county jail Saturday with bail set at $25,000.

Beltran said police are continuing to investigate the matter, adding he does not know what led to the incident.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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