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Monday, September 26, 2011

Chicago Man Held Woman Hostage...

They Met at an Anime Convention

[Source: Chicago Tribune] A Northwest Side man was ordered held without bail this morning, accused of holding captive a woman he met at an anime convention.

Sir Wilfred Camaligan, 22, faces attempted murder, kidnapping and aggravated domestic battery charges. Police and prosecutors say he battered the young woman and had her cut herself during the time she was forced to stay in his home in the 5300 block of West Lawrence Avenue.

Camaligan was found hiding in the basement of his residence Friday and was arrested, according to police. Officers went to the home after the 20-year-old woman escaped, prosecutors said.

Camaligan and the woman began a relationship after corresponding on Facebook and meeting at the anime convention, according to prosecutors. The two moved in together in July and he became possessive, beating her with crowbar and a stick, forcing her to kneel on rice and cut herself, prosecutors said. He also cut her hands and cut an "X" into her chest, the prosecutors added. 

Police said the woman was not allowed to leave Camaligan's home without permission. On Friday, the victim was allowed to leave the residence to run an errand when she flagged down a woman, police said. The victim contacted her mother, and the mother called police. Camaligan was arrested the same day. 

Prosecutors said the victim suffered hearing loss in one ear and a fractured shoulder blade. She also told authorities Camaligan choked her until she passed out.

Investigators confiscated a black metal knife decorated with red spiders, a wooden stick with a black plastic case and a crowbar from Camaligan's home, according to an arrest report.

A Cook County assistant public defender representing Camaligan said he was a nursing assistant and recently passed a certification exam. 

Judge Adam D. Bourgeois Jr. said he usually reserves no bond orders for defendants accused of murder.

"This is beyond the pale," he said. "I don't think there is any conditions of bond I could set that would keep the community safe from you."

UPDATE: One Anime Fan's Opinion Posted Here.

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