Woman Says Man Held Her Captive for Two Months
ABC News’ Olivia Katrandjian reports:
A Chicago man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, beating and holding her captive for more two months, has been ordered held without bail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and domestic battery.
Sir Wilfred Camaligan, 22, was arrested Friday night in his apartment in Jefferson Park, Chicago, police said.
According to a local liquor store owner, he tried to disguise himself before the arrest.
“He said he wanted a hat and something to cover his face,” said Jose Lopez, of Fischman Liquors, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “He said, ‘I don’t want people to recognize me.’”
A 20-year-old woman alleged that after holding her against her will since July 15, Camaligan let her leave the apartment for an errand Friday, police told ABC News. Once she left the apartment, another woman let her borrow her cell phone to text her mother. The cell phone owner then called the victim’s mother, who called 911, according to police.
Police took her to the hospital, where she was treated for various injuries.
The woman said Camaligan forced her to cut an “X” into her right breast, beat her with a crobar and a wooden stick, and choked her until she was unconscious, police said.
She suffered a fractured scapula, bruises to her legs, arms, chest, back and face, and her hands were cut, according to the police report.
Police recovered a knife, crowbar and stick from his home, according to the police report.
Camaligan appeared in court today, where he was denied bail by Judge Adam Bourgeois. Bourgeois said he usually reserves that measure for alleged murderers, but this case is “beyond the pale.”
“I don’t think there’s any condition or set of conditions I could set that would protect the community from you,” Bourgeois said.
Prosecutors say the young woman began seeing Camaligan after corresponding on Facebook and meeting at an anime convention in June. A month later, she moved to Chicago from her home in Michigan and began living with Camaligan.
“After a few weeks, the defendant became possessive, and wouldn’t let the victim leave,” Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney William Hall said. “He began beating the victim with a crowbar and a stick, strangled her and forced her to kneel on rice, while telling her that he was going to kill her.”
Neighbors said they never noticed anything out of the ordinary.
“He was so quiet. They don’t talk with us. They just say hi, good morning, goodnight, good evening,” Carlos Merced, the suspect’s neighbor, told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.
Rosa Raya, one of Camaligan’s neighbors, said he had often seen the man walk down their street with a pregnant girl, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Whether the pregnant woman was the victim is unclear.