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Police discover group of captives in Houston "prison room"

Police discover captives in "prison room" of north Houston home

A Friday morning tip led police to a disturbing scene in north Houston, where a group of people have been held against their will in what authorities are calling a "prison room."

Officers with the Houston Police Department arrived at 8646 White Castle Lane to find the home's front door nailed shut.

After prying their way inside, police discovered four malnourished men aged between 65 and 80 living in a trash-filled converted garage without beds or chairs. One said he'd been at the location for nearly a decade.

Physically unable to walk, three of the four men were rushed to Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.

"One of them seemed to think he was picked up off the street and brought here," sergeant J.W. McCoy tells KTRK Eyewitness news.

"In exchange for beer and cigarettes and a place to stay, he had to turn over his Social Security check."

At least three women, all reportedly suffering from mental illness, were also found inside along with a suspect who has been taken into custody. No charges have been filed.

Adult Protective Services for the state has been contacted to assist with the situation.

Watch the KHOU CH. 11 report:

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Up to eight people were held captive in a north Houston home.  Photo courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11
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Breaking through a nailed-shut door, police found captives living in a room with no beds or chairs. Photo courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11
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