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Pa. fugitive kept family locked up for hours in Brooksville, deputies say

BROOKSVILLE — Authorities say a man wanted in Pennsylvania locked himself, his wife and three small children in a Brooksville apartment as he hid from deputies for two hours Thursday.

Henry Luis Pacheco, 39, was arrested and charged with three counts of false imprisonment. In Pennsylvania, Pacheco had an active warrant for violation of probation, and a report shows he is also a suspect in a sexual assault investigation.

Deputy Jeffrey Swartz learned that Pacheco was in an apartment at 1071 Candlelight Blvd., a report says, but Pacheco wouldn't come outside even after Swartz tried to get the suspect to answer the door several times.

After waiting for two hours, deputies entered the apartment and found Pacheco hiding in a bedroom closet. Investigators say they also found his wife and three young children, one of whom Pacheco was court-ordered not to contact.

Pacheco, a report stated, ordered his wife not to leave and wouldn't allow her or two of the children (the third was sleeping) to move freely around the apartment during the two hours, using vulgarities and intimidation to control them.

His wife wanted to leave the apartment, but told deputies she knew her husband had access to a knife where he was hiding inside the closet. The report didn't say if investigators found a weapon.

Deputies arrested Pacheco without incident and drove him to the Hernando County jail, where he was being held without bail.

His nephew, 30-year-old Robert Martin Pacheco, was also arrested and charged with resisting without violence after authorities say he lied to deputies about his uncle being inside the apartment.

Investigators say both men had just recently moved to Florida and had no jobs, no residence and no known ties to the community.

John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or jcox@sptimes.com.

Pa. fugitive kept family locked up for hours in Brooksville, deputies say 07/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 8:45pm]

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