CPD: Pregnant woman, child held in residence escapes from captor


CENTER — On Thursday, Sept. 2, a Center Police Department officer was flagged down by a terrified pregnant female victim. According to police reports, the victim was held in her residence for five days by the suspect, Michael Sisneros, 41, of Center.

She was allegedly held under the threat of death to herself, her unborn child and her infant. The victim sustained injuries during her captivity and was allegedly choked while being told that her unborn child would be cut from her womb so she could see it as she died. The infant was also allegedly threatened with choking and harmful actions were perpetrated on this child.

After a five-day ordeal, the victim escaped and found help.

According to CPD Chief Dale Meek, “The victim was able to make an escape in the couple’s vehicle while the suspect was distracted after changing a tire.”

The suspect attempted to stop the victim from leaving in the vehicle and he was almost run over by the victim as she fled from him.

Since violent felonies occurred and there was a potential for a barricaded suspect with an unknown mental state and a history of drug use, an on-call request went out to all Center PD officers.

All CPD officers and reserves responded to the scene. An operational plan was made and implemented. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Sisneros was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping with injury, a first-degree felony, felony menacing, child abuse, and assault third-degree with domestic violence enhancement. Sisneros was previously arrested in June during the execution of a search warrant by CPD.

CPD asks that the community report any suspicious activity and be vigilant. No further information is available regarding this case currently due to the pending investigation.

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