HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say four men found living in a dungeon-like garage told investigators they were held against their will after being lured with the promise of cigarettes and alcohol.
Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva described the men as malnourished and possibly homeless. She says the garage had no bathroom and no beds, only a chair.
The men allegedly told investigators they were forced to live in the garage so their captor could cash their disability and public assistance checks.
Silva says one person has been detained but not charged.
Neighbors say they sometimes saw the men outside and waving as they drove past.
Investigators were still trying to determine how long the men lived in the garage, but Silva said it was at least weeks.