An upstate New Yorker held his entire family hostage for a week armed with only 15 cases of beer, police said.
Benito Lopez allegedly forced his girlfriend, their 11-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter to remain inside their Calliccoon home for seven days after New Year's Eve.
The 40-year-old reportedly confiscated their cellphones, electronic devices and car keys.
He is also accused of disconnecting the land line phone so they couldn't call for help.
Stuck inside the family abode, Lopez reportedly chugged his way through most of the beer and numerous bottles of liquor.
"They were pretty much held against their will," Undersheriff Eric Chaboty told the Times Herald-Record.
The family finally made its escape after Lopez's girlfriend reached out to a relative via Facebook while pretending to play games online.
Cops were initially warned Lopez was armed.
But when they raided the property they only found empty booze bottles.
Lopez, on probation for felony drunken driving, was arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful imprisonment.
He also faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and of violating probation. After being arraigned in Callicoon Town Court, he is being held in Sullivan County Jail on $5,000 bail.
New York Daily News
January 8, 2014
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