October 16th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Janitor finds mentally disabled people chained in basement; 3 arrested

Three suspects accused of chaining mentally disabled people and stealing their Social Security checks were arrested in Philadelphia.

They were arrested Friday after a janitor doing checks at a building found four victims - a 29-year-old woman, and three men, ages 31, 35 and 31 - locked up in a basement boiler room at a Philadelphia residence, said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman. The janitor released the four and called police.

Authorities believe the victims had been trapped in the tiny room for up to a week. Evers said they suffered from bed sores and "injuries that are very, very hard to describe."

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  1. Judgeman

    Capital punishment? Please? ..... All this for SocSec checks. Some people are pathetic.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Judgeman

    oh yeah. First roflolz

    October 16, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    First cut the three hands off and chain them by their feet ina undisclosed location and starve them. Evil SOBs.

    October 16, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    This is beyond sick.
    This is just flat out *evil*.

    October 16, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u.

    How can anyone do this and still try to refer themselves as human ? That is absolutely disgusting.

    October 16, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. yada

    May they throw the proverbial book at these animals! No, wait...that's insulting to the animal kingdom! May they throw the book at these slimeball Pieces OS!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Hi, everyone.

    Unfortunately, CP wouldn't apply in this case, because no one actually died.

    But I would still take a gander at the surrounding property just in case...

    October 16, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. gg

    they have vacancies at gitmo

    October 16, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    Blast.. *Now* where am i gonna hide them..?

    October 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Denver Dave

    Sad story for sure. But not all mentals are good people, thousands are criminals. We warehouse criminal mentals in our state hospitals and have been sued twice for doing so, to no avail. We would have them in prison already, but the criminals claim innocence because they were under the influence of prescription drugs when they did their crimes. Now they are demanding that we allow Dr's to up their dosages and make Colorado pay for it because we are taking too long to prosecute them! We don't strap them down unless they are violent or perverted to the point where they try to have relations with each other while in custody. Once they make it to prison, we let them do whatever they want to each other as far as relationships go. But it takes a long time to prove that a person under the influence of pharmaceuticals is guilty, and even then, most are released on probation. The vast majority of our prisons are ful of non-violent marijuanna offenders and there isn't room for these medical fraudsters.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Hi, Philip.

      October 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ denver dave aka philip. this is hardly the same thing! these were innocent ppl.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      He won't listen.

      October 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bayer AG busted distributing HIV tainted pharmaceuticals

    @chrissy. This is hardly the same thing either.This, as well as Colorado's being overwhelmed by criminals claiming innocence due to being under the influence of pharmaceuticals is worse, wayyyy worse than chaining 3. Goto Youtube.com and search 'bayer ag nazi' and watch the NBC news report of Bayer AG distributing HIV tainted pharmaceuticals in the USA. You may want to check and see if your own or Andrea's meds are tainted.Justa 'heads up' from an old man with no TV. 😉

    October 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Hey, thanks, Philip.

      October 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bayer AG busted distributing HIV tainted pharmaceuticals

    Funny how they can spot me. No myystery though. Who else here realizes that something is wrong with a system that allows for more funding of free pharmaceuticals than funding of national defense, and speaks their mind? Only me here on the N. But there are millions of me all around the world doing this. Attack my person all you want. It won't change the fact that we are being dumbed down, and not just by a poorly funded educational system.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Probably by the way you say the same stuff over and over in you holier than thou smug tone, Philip.

      October 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beth

    Crap I just youtubed that video and purposely killing God knows how many people in those countries as well as the ones here who took this asprin IS genicide!!!! that's cause for CP

    October 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Good luck killing Baryer, Jazzzzz.

      October 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    my daughter is none of your concern and dont know where you got the notion she is on meds. i told you last nite WATCH YOUR MOUTH! What does concern me is WHY your not locked up with these ppl? youre obviously just as deranged and dangerous.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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