Charges Filed in Houston Captivity Case

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Houston police have charged a 31-year-old man in connection with the discovery of four homeless men who said they had been held captive in a garage, at least one of them for as long as a decade.


Walter Renard Jones (credit: Houston Police Department)

Walter Renard Jones is accused of luring the men into a one-story Houston home for beer, cigarettes and shelter and then holding them captive “without any level of care,” police said. Jones is also accused of forcing the men to hand over checks, including veterans benefits checks.

The home is owned by Jones’ grandmother, Essie Mae Scranton, and Jones did not live there, police spokeswoman Jodi Silva told the Los Angeles Times.

Jones, who was taken into custody Friday night, faces felony charges of injury to the elderly.

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