Police went to the home at around 8:30 a.m. and found that the front door was nailed shut, reported News 92 FM.
The men, aged 54 to 79 years old, were found locked in the home’s garage. One of the men was hospitalized.
CNN reported that eight people in total–four men and four women–were held against their will. The women were described as having mental illness.
ABC News reported that there were four men, but other media said three were held captive.
One of the victims said he was held there for 10 years.
Police said the men were being held in a trash-filled “prison room.” There were no beds or chairs inside.
“One of them seemed to think he was picked up off the street and brought here,” Sgt. JW McCoy told ABC. “In exchange for beer and cigarettess and a place to stay, he had to turn over his Social Security check.”
A suspect was arrested and is now in police custody.
According to WBZT-TV, police believe the men were homeless and were being held there for their Social Security checks.
Neighbours, who were described as stunned, told the Houston Chronicle that there seemed nothing odd about the home.
This story is developing. Check back for more updates.