Waldo man held woman, children hostage, police say

Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.

A 32-year-old Waldo man was arrested Saturday on seven charges, including false imprisonment of his girlfriend and her two children, according to a report.

Jeffrey Alan Baldinelli, of 14327 NE 136th Place, was arrested at his house around 1:15 p.m. after his brother Roberto called police to tell them Baldinelli had his girlfriend and her two children hostage, the Waldo Police Department report said.

The woman told an officer that she had tried to leave the house several times since 10 a.m., but Baldinelli blocked her every move. She tried to call 911, but Baldinelli had taken every phone in the house.

The woman said Baldinelli locked her and her children in a bedroom and would not allow them to leave, the report said.

Roberto Baldinelli said his brother threatened to beat everyone in the house, adding that he said if he had a gun, he would shoot everyone.

The woman’s mother said she could not leave the house because she was concerned Baldinelli would harm her daughter, according to the arrest report.

Upon searching Baldinelli, an officer found a metal pipe in the left jean pocket, which Baldinelli said he used to smoke crack cocaine. After Baldinelli was transported to the Alachua County Jail, he told the jail staff he had injected himself with a needle that broke off in his arm, the report said.

Baldinelli was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, where he told staff he had injected himself with morphine, and after being cleared was taken back to the jail, according to the report.

Baldinelli was arrested on four counts of false imprisonment and charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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