Monday, March 16, 2009

Deputies: 13 people held against their will in Cloverleaf-area home

Strange things going on in Houston these days.

Leticia Juarez / 11 News

HOUSTON—Harris County deputies on Sunday said they arrested six suspects after finding 13 people allegedly held against their will in a Cloverleaf-area home.

The sheriff’s office was alerted to the situation by one of the alleged hostages’ children.

A spokesperson for the department said they got the call around 3:30 p.m.

The caller told deputies that his father was being held at a home in the 1400 block of Hillsboro.

At 4:30 p.m., deputies set up a perimeter around the home.

They said some of the suspects attempted to leave out of the back, but they were apprehended.

Deputies said they then entered the house, detained the six suspects and found the 13 other people inside.

It was unclear how long the people had been there and what their living conditions were like.

EMS was called to the scene to check them out.

Investigators said the situation could be part of a smuggling ring.

ICE officials reportedly took the victims to their detention facility, where they will be questioned.

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