South Florida man kept woman from leaving home, wouldn't let children eat, police say

James Caparco arrested on charges of false imprisonment, child abuse, battery

LANTANA, Fla. – A South Florida man was arrested after he kept a woman and her two children from leaving their home, refusing to let them eat or leave their rooms, police said.

James Caparco, 34, was arrested Sunday on charges of false imprisonment, child abuse and battery.

According to a Lantana police report, the woman who let Caparco live with her for the past two months said she had been physically and emotionally abused before deciding she "had enough." But when she tried to leave with her son and daughter, Caparco wouldn't let them, she told police.

The woman said Caparco stood in front of the door and repeatedly pushed her away. She said he dragged her off the bed in their room when she threatened to call police and kicked her when she tried to escape.

During the struggle between Caparco and the woman, her son went into his room and called police.

The boy told police that he "has been hungry since yesterday" and saw Caparco pick up a chair from his room and throw it on the ground, breaking it.

Caparco was being held on an $18,000 bond.

A Palm Beach County judge ordered that Caparco not have any contact with the woman or children.

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