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updated: 4/30/2014 6:36 PM

Antioch man accused of holding girlfriend against her will

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An Antioch man faces criminal charges for allegedly holding his girlfriend against her will in a Chicago home after learning she planned to break up with him, authorities said Wednesday.

Blake Mallegni, 22, of the 1000 block of Timberlake Drive, is charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated domestic battery -- strangulation and domestic battery after the April 22 dispute with the woman and an unidentified family member, Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said.

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Mallegni is held in Lake County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, of which he must post 10 percent in order to be released.

Somerville said officers met with the victim and the family member on April 23 about a fight she had with Mallegni the previous night.

The victim said Mallegni choked and hit her around 10 p.m. April 22 after he learned she was ending their relationship, Somerville said. The victim told police Mallegni also forced her into his Pontiac Grand Am and took her to an undisclosed location in Chicago, where he took her cellphone to prevent her from contacting police or family members, Somerville added.

At one point in the night, Mallegni posed as the victim and used her cellphone to tell family members through text messages that she had changed plans and would not be leaving him in the morning, Somerville said.

Throughout the ordeal, the victim repeatedly asked to be allowed to leave or to contact her family, but Mallegni refused, Somerville said.

She was finally able to grab her cellphone and take Mallegni's car keys and escape in the vehicle and drive to the Antioch area, Somerville said. However, Mallegni followed her in a second vehicle and tried to enter the car when she stopped at a red light at Route 173 and Hunt Club Road, Sommerville said.

She drove off and called a family member to meet her, Somerville said. At the meeting point, Mallegni showed up and got into a physical altercation with the family member.

Somerville said the victim and family member escaped and called police.

Mallegni was found later that day and taken to the Antioch Police Department, where he told officers he was upset because the victim had lied to him about leaving, Somerville said.

If found guilty of the most serious charge, Mallegni could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison and fined up to $25,000.

He is due back in court May 15, court records show.

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