Deputies: Man charged with kidnapping after detaining woman in argument

Published: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.

An Alachua man spent the night in jail Sunday after an argument with his girlfriend over deleted Facebook messages turned violent, deputies say, and he forcibly prevented her from seeking help or leaving his residence.

Michael B. Sanders, 26, of 24711 NW 84th Place, became enraged during the argument, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported, and threw a small cup across the living room. When the victim tried to use the house phone, Sanders tore the cord from the wall, deputies said.

The woman tried to leave five to six times via either the front or back door, but each time Sanders physically stopped her, deputies said.

The woman then tried to use her cell phone, but Sanders wrestled it from her and removed the battery so she could not make any calls. It was only then that he let her leave, deputies said.

Sanders was arrested and charged with kidnapping, battery and obstructing justice. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Monday without bond.

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