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Report: Men Who Were Held Captive, Found By Authorities

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Houston police are investigating reports of several people who were held captive in northwest Houston.

According to officials, a call came in at around 8:30 a.m. Friday at a residence located on Whitecastle near Diplomat Way.

Reports stated that several homeless men were found Friday in what authorities deemed “deplorable conditions” at the Houston home after a neighbor called expressing concern about men in the house in North Houston. Some reports stated that officials called the room where the men were being held captive a “prison room” while other reports indicated that authorities called it a “dungeon room”.

“Officers who responded found three men locked in a garage and a fourth in the home, said Sgt. Steven Murdock, who described the living conditions as like a ‘dungeon,” according to the Associated Press.

“Murdock said at least one of the men is a military veteran. He said all four were homeless and may have been held so a captor could collect their checks, though it wasn’t clear whether the men were targeted for their Social Security payments or some other kind of assistance,” the Associated Press added.

The men who were described as malnourished invalid-like were taken to an area hospital for treatment and observation.

The Associated Press also reported that one person was taken into custody. It was not clear, at the time of his report what charges that individual faced, if any.

While one report stated that one of the men found held captive is possibly a military veteran, another report indicated that one of the men had been living at the home for six months.

Further reports stated that the men who were being held captive in the “dungeon room” were being forced to turn over their social security checks to their captors.

CBS will continue to follow this story as details are made available.

The Associated Press contributed to portions of this report.

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