Man Arrested After Taping Woman's Mouth Shut to Make Her Listen

Authorities say a Port St. Lucie man bound a woman's hands and taped her mouth shut, claiming he only wanted to make her listen.

The woman told St. Lucie County deputies that she woke up early Friday morning with Franco on top of her, binding her hands with plastic ties and putting duct tape over her mouth. When Franco got up to go to the kitchen, the woman told deputies that she used her cell phone to call 911.

Franco was arrested on multiple charges, including battery and false imprisonment. He told deputies that he was not suicidal but didn't want to live without the victim. He said he was only trying to get her attention.

He was being held Tuesday on $10,000 bail.