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Dozens of ‘human smuggling hostages’ are rescued from a Houston house

Dozens of ‘human smuggling hostages’ are rescued from a Houston house after a half-naked man ran down the street screaming that he had been kidnapped

  • Cops descended on the home in Raven Ridge Drive, southwest Houston 
  • Officers found 25 men and one woman before arresting three people 
  • The ‘hostages’ had not been tied up but had been locked inside the house

Dozens of ‘human smuggling hostages’ have been rescued from a Texas house after a half-naked man ran down the street screaming that he had been kidnapped.

Cops descended on the home in Raven Ridge Drive, southwest Houston and found 25 men and one woman before arresting three people.

They had not been tied up but had been locked inside the house and cops found that the windows had been boarded up, according to ABC13

Investigators said the victims were from Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba and Honduras, and that they are believed to have been snatched a week ago from Brownsville, around 350 miles away.

Dozens of ‘human smuggling hostages’ have been rescued from a Texas house after a half-naked man ran down the street screaming that he had been kidnapped. Police are pictured at the house

Police said that there were people in every room of the three-bedroom house, as well as in the attic. Pictured: some of the half-naked men are taken out of the house

Police said that there were people in every room of the three-bedroom house, as well as in the attic. Pictured: some of the half-naked men are taken out of the house

Neighbours brought clothes for the ‘hostages’ – some of whom were also half-naked – as officers escorted them outside.  

Police said that there were people in every room of the three-bedroom house, as well as in the attic.  

Commander Jonathon Halliday, of the Houston Police Department said: ‘That’s a pretty significant number for us to encounter.’  

Police walk out of the home in Raven Ridge Drive, southwest Houston with some of the men who were half dressed

Police walk out of the home in Raven Ridge Drive, southwest Houston with some of the men who were half dressed

One man reportedly sustained minor injuries from falling through the attic and was taken to hospital. 

The others have now been taken to nearby Ridgemont Elementary School for shelter and medical treatment. 

Houston police are cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security.

The group were taken to nearby Ridgemont Elementary School for shelter and medical treatment. One man is pictured being taken out of the property by police

The group were taken to nearby Ridgemont Elementary School for shelter and medical treatment. One man is pictured being taken out of the property by police

One man told The Houston Chronicle that he had been kidnapped by someone armed with a revolver. 

Authorities were first alerted when one man was seen running down the road in his underwear. 

When police arrived at the scene, the man told them he escaped a home where he was being held against his will. 

That’s when officers went inside and found more than a dozen others. Most of them told police they were being held against their will.

Houston Police said in a Twitter statement: ‘Southwest officers are at 4800 Raven Ridge. Officers received a report of a male in his briefs running down the street yelling that he had been kidnapped. 

‘The male advised that thirty more people were being held hostage in the house. Officers made entry and rescued approximately 25 males and 1 female. 

‘Officers found this was a human smuggling operation and are cooperating with DHS. Fort Bend ISD police assisted by opening a nearby school gym so the victims could get out of the cold.’

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