HOUSTON (KTLA) — Four men were allegedly being held against their will in a garage turned into a make-shift prison where they were forced to turn over disability and veterans’ checks each month, authorities revealed Friday.
Police were tipped off Friday by an anonymous phone call, Houston Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva told reporters.
When officers arrived at the home they found three of the four men in the garage and a fourth inside the residence, Silva said.
The men, who ranged in age from 50 to 80, were living in filth and severely malnourished, according to CNN.
“What the men initially told us was they were lured there with the promise of cigarettes and food,” Silva said.
One of the men told investigators he had been at the home for 10 years.
Four women were also found inside the house.
Three of women were suffering from a combination of physical disabilities and mental illness, Silva said.
It was not clear if the women were also being held captive.
One man was arrested at the home, but police said the investigation was ongoing.
CNN contributed to this report.