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Charges in case of men found held in Texas home

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:40 a.m. CDT
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(Pat Sullivan)
Authorities investigate a home Friday, July 19, 2013, in Houston where police say four homeless men were found in deplorable conditions. Officers who responded to a call expressing concern said said they found three men locked in a garage and a fourth in the home who were malnourished and may have been being held so a captor could cash checks the men were receiving. One person was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — A 31-year-old man has been charged with two counts of injury to the elderly after authorities found four men malnourished and held against their will in a dungeon-like Houston house.

Police say Walter Renard Jones was arrested at the scene Friday and jailed without bond Saturday pending a court appearance next week.

Court records did not list an attorney for Jones. Records showed Jones had previous charges beginning in 2002 for theft, marijuana possession and failing to register as a sex offender.

Police say the men told investigators they were forced to live in the garage — which had one chair, no bed and a possibly malfunctioning air conditioner — so their captor could cash their assistance checks.

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