Houston Cops: 4 Old Men Held Captive in Home

'They were prisoners,' says police sergeant
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
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(Newser) Another one? Police in Houston say they have freed four elderly men who were kept against their will in "deplorable" conditions inside a city home, reports the Houston Chronicle. One person was taken into custody, as police investigate whether the men might have been forced to turn over their Social Security checks or veterans' benefits. Details remain thin about how long the men were kept there, and the story may get worse: CNN thinks that four women also were captive.

That part hasn't been confirmed, but the men were in bad shape—"almost invalids," police say. Three were locked in a garage and found sleeping on the floor, and the fourth was locked inside the house. One of them used the word "dungeon" to describe conditions. Three of the men were taken to the hospital and looked to be underfed. "They were prisoners in that house," says a police sergeant. Police investigated after getting a 911 call from a neighbor this morning, reports AP.

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