TODAY | July 20, 2013
>> a shocking story is developing in houston, texas now. police are investigating a case where a number of people who appeared to be mentally challenged were held hostage inside a house. charles has that story.
>> reporter: a bizarre scene in a houston neighborhood.
>> i have never seen nothing like this in my life.
>> reporter: police say four men who may have been homeless were found friday, held captive in a garage.
>> there were locks on the doors. it was a situation they could not leave on their own free will .
>> reporter: the living conditions were substandard.
>> they were given scraps to eat. little food provided to them. no access to a restroom.
>> reporter: it's unclear how long they have been held against their will.
>> it's to be determined.
>> reporter: the men were lured to the house with the offer of food and cigarettes.
>> the suspect has been detained. they claim was cashing their checks, their veteran's checks.
>> reporter: alberta was visiting her brother nearby.
>> they look like people that were hungry that need to be cared for. needed medical. it just really hurt me to see something like that.
>> reporter: police say at least four women were living in the main house and they, too, are being questioned.