UPDATE: Saturday, July 20, 2013
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.
Police say Walter Renard Jones was arrested at the scene Friday and jailed without bond Saturday pending a court appearance next week.
Court records did not list an attorney for Jones. 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.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Authorities are trying out sort out details at a scene where several people were reportedly being held against their will in Houston.
Police got a call just before 8:30am about several people held inside a garage in the 8600 block of White Castle Lane in north Houston. Officers arrived to find the front door nailed shut, but once inside the home they discovered what they described as a 'prison room' with trash everywhere. There were no beds or chairs in the room.
Police say four men, ages 79, 54, 74 and about 65, were being kept in the room against their will. One victim says he's been there for about 10 years. Three of the men were physically unable to walk and were tranported to LBJ Hospital. The fourth victim is in slightly better condition.
Three women and a suspect live in the house, according to authorities. One person has been taken into custody. There's no word yet what charges that person could face.
"One of them seemed to think he was picked up off the street and brought here," said HPD Sgt. JW McCoy. "In exchange for beer and cigarettess and a place to stay, he had to turn over his Social Security check."
One of the men told KTRK 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.
Representatives from adult protective services are being called in for assistance.