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Inquiring woman held against her will

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said they responded after a woman told deputies she had been held against her will.


Authorities were called to the scene Saturday at the 5100 block of Barnett Place in Pine Hills.

Dozens surrounded this Pine Hills home for what turned out to be a nearly five-hour standoff. Deputies said the woman is safe while the investigation continues.

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On Saturday afternoon, police swarmed into the house and demanded those inside go out. When they failed to enforce laws, enforcement stepped up the request.

Using a loudspeaker, deputies announced, “This is the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Come out with your hands up. We are not leaving.”

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It all started just after 2 p.m., when a woman in her 40s started banging on someone’s door, begging for help. She said she had been held against her will and had just escaped.

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When deputies arrived, they found her with minor injuries.

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It was around the same time neighbors said they saw a blue car driving up to the house. Witnesses said a child got out of the vehicle and then got into a deputy’s car.

Soon after, neighbors said they saw about seven to ten men come out with their hands behind their backs in handcuffs.

Deputies said those men told them there were more people in the house.

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Despite threats from law enforcement, no one else came forward. That’s when a special forces unit arrived and used a drone to check things out before forcing themselves in.

Shortly afterwards, two more people were escorted out.

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According to neighbors, the house is mostly used as an Airbnb and many people walk in and out. However, that has not been confirmed by the sheriff’s office.

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Channel 9 is trying to find out how many people were escorted from the house and what connection the woman had who claimed she was being held against her will. We are also waiting for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to see who will be charged.

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