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Woman says boyfriend held her captive for two nights

May 05, 2009

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) -- An Emmitsburg man was behind bars Tuesday after his girlfriend told Maryland State Police he had held her captive for two nights in a bedroom with the door screwed shut and a five-gallon bucket for a toilet.

Michael C. Keilholtz, 48, was charged with false imprisonment and second-degree assault after a trooper responded to a 911 hang-up call Monday morning from the home along state Route 140 about three miles east of Emmitsburg.

Trooper First Class James Egros reported that when he arrived, he heard a woman screaming and saw two people through a second-floor window. He ordered them downstairs and they complied.

The unidentified woman told Egros she had gone to visit Keilholtz around 9:30 p.m. Saturday and that he had held her captive in the second-floor bedroom until the trooper arrived shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday.

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She said Keilholtz also had punched her in the head and grabbed her by the arms during her confinement.

Police said they recovered several loaded and unloaded firearms from the home.

Keilholtz was being held Tuesday at the Frederick County jail with bond set at $30,000. Calls to his home and an attorney who represented him in a past drunk driving case were not immediately returned.

His trial on the new charges was set for July 16.

According to online court records, Keilholtz pleaded guilty in Frederick County in November 2006 to driving while impaired by alcohol. He was fined $500, given a suspended 1-year jail term and placed on two years of supervised probation.

In January 2002, Keilholtz was convicted in Frederick County of another drunk driving charge. He was fined $300, given a suspended 1-year jail term and placed on three years of supervised probation.

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