Man Charged With Kidnapping His Wife – Both 85 Years Old


In what has to be one of the wierder stories to come out recently, an 85 year old man is in jail for kidnapping his wife. They had been living for a year in Florida before they were discovered.

Joseph Perez has been charged with kidnapping for taking his wife from Father Murray Nursing Center in January. They lived in Florida until about Nov. 1, when a Medicaid claim tipped off police, authorities said.
“We’re looking out for the best interests of the alleged victim,” prosecutor John Latella said.
Latella said Perez had been a guardian for his wife, who is about the same age, for several years but was stripped of that designation because of how he cared for her. She was later placed in the nursing home.
But defense lawyer Azhar Sheikh criticized the prosecutor’s office, saying Perez was charged too harshly. A conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
“This is an extremely sad case,” Sheikh said. “He was just trying to help his wife. He doesn’t belong in jail. This man needs to get some help. He cares for his wife. He wanted to take care of her and did nothing to harm her.” via  Yahoo! News.

Posted December 17, 2006 by
Bizarre | 7 comments

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Man Charged With Kidnapping His Wife – Both 85 Years Old”

    1. joe bear on December 17th, 2006 1:16 pm

      Please give me a break.We can’t protect children,but we can arrest,oh hell

    2. Richard on December 17th, 2006 4:19 pm

      Where else but in Florida?

    3. Elizabeth on December 17th, 2006 4:57 pm

      Which comes first:

      The law of the land or the covenant to God to love in sickness and in health?

    4. just moma on December 17th, 2006 5:45 pm

      Sounds as if there is more going on here than in the article. It is so hard to be a caregiver, so many others have their ideas of how it should be done, but don’t lend a hand or financial aid. The price of just getting proper undergarments is tremendous and not covered by insurance.

      I applaud the husband for his love and dedication. It’s so hard for the elderly; they can’t even marry how because one would then get less social security.

      Wonder what will happen when the baby boomers get here.

      I’m in my mid 60′s so have been there, done that.

      Florida have been things to do, like go after sex offenders and drug deals.. true for most states also.

    5. Betty on December 17th, 2006 11:38 pm

      Mabe he could go in the nurseing home to gather. It’s a shame the do this to an old man But let real crimals go free

    6. MIss-Underestimated on December 18th, 2006 11:06 am

      Oh give the guy a break. Why can’t this guy get help to take care of his wife in his own home?

      We spend gazillions helping people who don’t need help, just plain lazy ( remember the kid who faked being disabled) yet the very people who need just a little help aren’t given it. What a shame this happens in this country.

      Can we keep updated on this case here on SM?

    7. Mortella on December 19th, 2006 9:17 am

      Surely this will be addressed in the appeals process? If not, there should be churches and charity organizations who can get involved in this and assist in some way.

      This is a very sad story right here at the holidays and while his care may not have been the best, would not the thing to do have been to lend assistance rather than arrest him? Send home health worker and instruct him in how to care for her, etc. instead of criminalizing his actions?

      Yes, it certainly does appear that where you stand when you commit a crime is still a major issue that needs to be addressed but also this total lack of compassion for the elderly. Aren’t judges elected in Florida? Maybe it’s time or a recall!

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