Man accused of kidnapping ex charged with attempted murder
BY TINA SFONDELES AND ROSEMARY SOBOL Staff Reporters September 24, 2011 12:00PM
Sir Wilfred Camaligan
Updated: December 1, 2011 5:27AM
Hours before he was arrested Friday night, Sir Wilfred Camaligan apparently tried to disguise himself.
Police were looking for the Jefferson Park man after his ex-girlfriend reported being beaten and held captive for more than two months.
“He said he wanted a hat and something to cover his face,” said Jose Lopez, of Fischman Liquors.
“He said, ‘I don’t want people to recognize me,’ ” Lopez said.
Camaligan, 22, was arrested in his apartment in the 5300 block of West Lawrence and charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and domestic battery.
The alleged victim, 20, sought help Friday after Camaligan let her leave the apartment for an errand, police said. Once she left the building, a good Samaritan lent her a cellphone so she could text her mother.
The cellphone owner called the woman’s mother, who rushed to her “badly bruised” daughter and called 911, police said.
Camaligan met the woman at an anime festival and communicated with her via facebook before confining her to his apartment for more than two months, prosecutors said Sunday.
He forced her to cut an “X” into her right breast, beat her with a crobar and a wooden stick, and choked her until she was unconscious, they allege.
She suffered a fractured scapula, bruises to her legs, arms, chest, back and face, according to a police report. Her hands were cut.
Police recovered a knife, crobar and stick from his home.
Judge Adam Bourgeois denied him bail, a measure he said he normally reserved for alleged murderers.
“This is beyond the pale,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s any condition or set of conditions I could set that would protect the community from you.”
The victim told police she had been held against her will, intimidated and physically abused in Camaligan’s apartment since July 15.
The woman, who a source said had been punched and forced to cut herself, was treated at Resurrection Medical Center.
On Saturday, news of Camaligan’s arrest came as a shock to neighbors.
Rosa Raya, who lives next to Camaligan’s building with her mother, said he often walked down their quiet, tree-lined street, sometimes with a pregnant girl.
It’s unclear whether that woman was the victim.