October 17th, 2011
04:02 PM ET

FBI joins investigation in Philadelphia captivity case

The FBI has joined an investigation into the discovery of four mentally disabled people apparently held captive at a Philadelphia apartment building. A search determined that one of the suspects in the case had identification documents for dozens of people.

Bond for Thomas Gregory, 47, Eddie Wright, 49, and Linda Ann Weston, 51, was set Monday at $2.5 million each, according to the Philadelphia district attorney's office.

All three face charges that include criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment, Philadelphia police said Sunday. Among other things, the defendants are accused of stealing the alleged prisoners' Social Security checks.

A preliminary hearing on the charges and evidence in the case was set for October 24. No pleas were entered on Monday, with that to happen at a formal arraignment at a date yet to be set.

The FBI joined the investigation after it was determined that Weston allegedly had traveled to at least two other states with the people found in the basement, Lt. Ray Evers said.

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  1. banasy©

    I just saw the victims and their living conditions on TV.
    Horrific. Absolutely horrific.
    These poor people...no access to light, sporadic food, a bucket for a toilet...they were hit, starved...
    I also saw the three people charged.
    Horrific. Absolutely horrific.
    How these people could do this to other humans is astounding.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @Faux BtBC:

    Voici le voleur de noms, c'est vous. Vous ne serez jamais un homme tel que BtBC. Tais-toi!‬

    October 18, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    Here goes all these mindless Tea Partiers with their senseless and very unfunny comments here! The only thing they're proving here is their own stupidity!!!

    October 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dick

    Here I go again; I'm a mindless Tea Partier with my senseless and very unfunny comments here! The only thing I'm proving here is their my stupidity!!!
    I haven't said anything relevant since 1956!!!

    October 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
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