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Police: People Held Captive in Houston Home
HOUSTON -- Four men have been held captive in a Houston home, some for as many as 10 years, CNN is reporting police as saying.
The men are between the ages of 50 and 80. Three women were also found inside and police say they may have a mental illness.
ABC affiliate KTRK in Houston is reporting that police have found a "prison room" with trash everywhere inside the house. The front door had reportedly been nailed shut.
KTRK reports that police say four men, ages 79, 54, 74 and about 65, were being kept in the room against their will. One victim, KTRK reports, says he'd been there for about 10 years.
Three women and a suspect also live in the house, authorities told KTRK.
"One of them seemed to think he was picked up off the street and brought here," Houston Police Sgt. J.W. McCoy told KTRK. "In exchange for beer and cigarettes and a place to stay, he had to turn over his Social Security check."
One of the men told the Houston ABC station he had been staying at the house for about six months, and while he had no desire to leave, he did say living conditions were not good.
Adult Protective Services was called to the house to assist.
CNN is reporting that one person has been detained for questioning. No charges have been filed.
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