Gainesville man kept woman captive, deputies say

Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.

A 32-year-old Gainesville man was arrested Saturday on charges that he held a woman captive, according to a report.

Christopher Palmer Manus, of 3600 SW Windmeadows Blvd., was arrested around 6:30 p.m. after Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a disturbance at a home in the 4000 block of SW 47th Street, according to the arrest report.

Manus went to the home to talk to a woman about starting a relationship, but after arguing, the woman told him to leave. Manus pushed her several times and stopped her from leaving the house by placing his arm across her chest, the report said.

Several neighbors came to the woman’s aid but could not get inside because Manus had locked himself inside with her. After forcing the front door open, the neighbors found Manus standing over the woman with a raised closed fist pulled back, the report said.

Manus told deputies that he kept the woman from leaving because he wanted her to help him find his glasses.

He was arrested on a count of false imprisonment and burglary with assault, according to the report.

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