WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A teenage girl who was allegedly held prisoner in a Metro East home for four years escaped her captors with the help of a relative.
The unidentified victim said she was repeatedly beaten and raped while in captivity. The sexual assault led to a pregnancy. Following her escape, she showed up at the police department and told them her story.
Police on Thursday went to the home, located in the 1400 block of Kingshighway, to make arrests and retrieve the victim’s 2-year-old boy. More than two dozen officers with high- power rifles swept through the home and got the boy. He was carried to a nearby ambulance to be checked out.
The man neighbors identified as the father was arrested on accusations he held the teenager captive.
Several people at the scene said man is known around the neighborhood by his street name, “Psycho.” Next-door neighbors say they never suspected a thing.
“They seemed like a pleasant family to me,” said neighbor Connie Hunt. “She would talk to me, I would talk to her.”
Police led the suspect’s mother away in handcuffs as well. They say the mother and suspect forced the teenage victim to lie about her name to cover up her real identity when she gave birth.
The victim told police when she did manage to get out of the house in the past, the suspect would catch her and force her back inside at gunpoint.
So far, no charges have been issued against the suspect or the suspect’s mother.
Some relatives of the suspects have questioned the credibility of the victim. But officials with the Illinois state’s attorney office say authorities would not have been able to obtain a search warrant without sufficient evidence.