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Man Charged Over Captive Elderly Men

Houston resident accused of holding them to get checks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2013 10:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 31-year-old man has been charged with two counts of injury to the elderly after authorities found four men malnourished and held against their will in a dungeon-like Houston house. Authorities say Walter Renard Jones was arrested at the scene yesterday and jailed without bond today pending a court appearance next week. The men were recuperating in the hospital. (Details remain sketchy, and it's possible that only three men were held against their will, reports the Houston Chronicle.)

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Records showed Jones had previous charges beginning in 2002 for theft, marijuana possession, and failing to register as a sex offender. Police say the men told investigators they were forced to live in the garage—which had one chair, no bed, and a possibly malfunctioning air conditioner—so their captor could cash their assistance checks. (Read more Walter Renard Jones stories.)

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