TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office rescued a woman who was being held captive at a home in Dover on Friday, authorities said.
The agency said it received multiple calls about a woman who was being held against her will at a home in the 1300 block of Wilkinson Drive.
Detectives say the woman called 911 twice and hung up both times so her alleged captor, Kim Michael Torres, 44, wouldn’t notice.
“Credit to dispatchers for recognizing the importance of that, anytime we have a 911 call and they hang up it’s important we send officers out immediately,” Fentress Fountain with HCSO said.
When deputies arrived at the home around 12:30 p.m., they made several attempts to reach the woman and Torres. They were able to enter the home several minutes later and help the woman escape.
The sheriff’s office did not say how long the victim was being held against her will.
Deputies said Torres refused to come out of the home. A K9 found him hiding in a kitchen cabinet, and he was apprehended.
After being treated by paramedics at the scene, Torres was arrested and brought to the Falkenburg Road Jail.
“We gave the suspect multiple warnings advising him to come out,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “The safety of the victim and our deputies on the scene is the top priority. Had it not been for the professionalism of our deputies, it could have ended differently. I also credit our dispatchers who recognized the need for deputies to respond, after the victim attempted to call for help without the suspect noticing.”
Mario Maldonado lives a few doors down from Torres. He watched anxiously as deputies surrounded the home.
“I could not believe it,” Maldonado said. “They were over there, around the house. He was inside two or three hours.”
Cell phone video from another neighbor shows deputies ram the door open. Seconds later, a woman is seen leaving the home.
“About every five minutes they called, come out with your hands up, and he didn’t come out,” Maldonado said.
Maldonado watched as they arrested Torres.
“The dog grabbed him from the leg and the police sprayed pepper spray,” he recalled.
Maldonado says he’s known Torres for years, so he was shocked.
“He grew up with my kids, they went to the school together and he would come over here on Saturday and Sunday,” Maldonado said.
Maldonado says their neighborhood was calm but is now the complete opposite.
“It was quiet, but not anymore because I see the police almost every week,” Maldonado said.
Torres is charged with false imprisonment, resisting officer without violence, felony fleeing to elude and failure to pay child support.