A 'Reluctant' Man at Door, 3 Alleged Captives Inside

Va. man accused of holding girlfriend, their 2 kids captive for 2 years
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2017 9:36 AM CDT
Man Allegedly Held Girlfriend, 2 Kids Captive for 2 Years
Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore   (Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, via WAVY)

A Virginia man has been arrested and charged with abduction after law enforcement went to a home and found a woman and two children who'd allegedly been held against their will for two years. Fredericksburg.com reports that the break in the case came Saturday, when sheriff's deputies went to a Spotsylvania County home after receiving a tip from a concerned caller, who noted no one had seen the family members in some time. A man greeted the deputies but seemed "reluctant" to speak with them, and as that stilted conversation was taking place, a 32-year-old woman and two kids, ages 8 and 11, dashed out a side door and toward the safety of other deputies, who heard from the trio that they hadn't been allowed to leave the house for at least two years.

Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore, 43, was arrested for abduction and assault and battery; he's believed to be the boyfriend of the woman and the father of her two kids, per NBC Washington. Investigators looking into the allegations say it doesn't appear the family was physically restrained or caged, but every window and door at the home was reportedly shrouded with blankets and other coverings. The kids apparently did not attend school during the alleged captivity. A sheriff's office rep says the woman was hospitalized due to unattended-to medical issues and is in serious condition; the kids were checked out and released to family. The sheriff's office says no missing persons report was on the books. Moore is being held without bond in Rappahannock Regional Jail. (A photo taken from a window led to a missing NC teen.)

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