Houston, Texas.- Eight people were found in a house in a north Houston home; Houston police stated that they have been held for as many as 10 years.
Four of the captives are men, and the other four are women who appear to have mental disabilities. Also, three of the men were not able to walk out of the house, according to a brief report from Houston police.
KTRK-TV in Houston reported that the police got a phone call at about 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Apparently, there were some people held inside a garage against their will.
The authorities are trying to identify the women. As for the four men, they are 80, 74, 65 and 50 respectively, they were found in the garage with serious signs of malnourished, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva, explained reporters.
Silva said about the captives, “they were apparently given scraps to eat. Very little food was being provided to them.”
So far, the authorities have not revealed the identity of the man investigators detained. Houston police cordoned off the home and some neighbors on Whitecastle Lane have been interrogated.
One of the victims told the police that they were in the house for ten years. According to KTRK-TV, the police suspect that the men may have been homeless, and they were brought to the house and given cigarettes and beer in exchange for their social security and Veteran´s Administration checks. Moreover, Silva said, what the men initially told us was they were lured there with the promise of cigarretes and food, but once they got inside house they weren´t allow to leave.”
For now, no charges have been filed; however, one person has been detained for questioning.
By: Oskar Guzman