HOUSTON (July 19, 2013)--Four elderly men have been rescued from a home in Houston where they were held captive in what police described Friday as deplorable conditions.
Police Sgt. Steven Murdock said a neighbor called authorities Friday morning and expressed concern about the men in the house in North Houston.
Officers who responded found three men locked in a garage and a fourth man in the home.
The men were all malnourished and "almost invalids," he said, and three were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Murdock says the men were all homeless and may have been held so that the checks they were receiving could be cashed, but it’s unclear whether they were targeted for their Social Security payments or some other kind of income.
At least one of the men is a military veteran.
One person was in custody Friday.
Police were told the men were lured to the home with the promise of food and cigarettes.