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Texas Police rescue dozens of people held hostage in “barbaric” conditions

October 8, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas Police rescue dozens of people held hostage in “barbaric” conditions

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Dozens were discovered being held hostage in what their captives described as drug and alcohol rehab facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The treatment of the hostage victims who were of Hispanic descent and spoke little to no English was described as “medieval and barbaric,” the Fort Worth police department revealed in a statement.

Police officials said the captives were often tied to chairs, beaten, and were only given a package of noodles each day.

Nine suspects have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, although the case is still in its beginning stages, Officer James McLellan stated.

Detectives still have not ascertained the real motives of the operation or whether the suspects were being paid.

Some the victims had been taken to the house by relatives for rehabilitation, however, others were abducted and held against their will, police noted.

It is believed that some of the victims were referred to the facilities by word of mouth, McLellan stated.

The investigation was initiated on Tuesday when Irving law enforcement were dispatched after a caller reported seeing a man being pursued by three others, the Associated Press reported.

A probable cause affidavit composed by Irving police says the man told officers that people were being held captive at a house, where he had just fled. He added that his pursuers were determined to capture, assault and force him to back to the residence.

Authorities raided the home and saved approximately 30 victims. Some of the victims told police that there were other such facilities in the Fort Worth area, and 11 more victims were discovered at a second house.

Those charged with aggravated kidnapping include; Carlos Diaz, Leonel Omar Fernandez, Bryan Gutierrez, Jonathan Ortiz, Jose Pascual Hernandez, Jorge Ramirez. Each suspect’s bond has been set at $125,000, and they are facing between 5-99 years behind bars. Jose Pascual Hernandez and Jose Saul Hernandez have also been charged with improper restraint.

Each suspect’s bond has been set at $125,000, and they are facing between 5-99 years behind bars. Jose Pascual Hernandez and Jose Saul Hernandez have also been charged with improper restraint.

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