Dad arrested for holding kids captive at daughter's birthday party
A Florida man was arrested after officials say he held kids captive at his daughter's sweet 16 party.
Christopher Blacharski, 36, spent a night at Pinellas County Jail after the incident, according to WNCT.
The sheriff's office said a concerned mother, who said she was transporting her daughter to a local hospital for treatment, reached out to officials out of concern for other kids at the party who were consuming "copious amounts of alcohol" provided by Blacharski.
When officials and parents arrived at the location of the party, there were four juveniles still inside. Deputies claimed that Blacharski locked all of the doors, wouldn't answer to knocking and refused to let the remaining juveniles leave.
An arrest affidavit claims that the 36-year-old man forced the kids to hide in a back bedroom, turned off all of the lights and kept them from leaving "by intimidation." Some of the kids were texting their parents and said that he refused to let them leave his daughter's party even though deputies and parents were outside.
WFLA reported that a confrontation went on for as long as two hours before deputies eventually broke through the door with a "battering ram" that rattled nearby windows at 1:20 a.m.
Blacharski refused to cooperate and was arrested and handcuffed after a forcible takedown.
The sheriff's office said Blacharski had thrown the party for his own daughter's sixteenth birthday party and had purchased a large amount of beer, along with hard liquor such as gin, vodka and whiskey for the kids to drink.
Blacharski bonded out of jail on Monday and faces four charges of false imprisonment, four charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, holding an open house party and resisting arrest without violence.