Reports sprang in this morning that a U.S. veteran was held hostage for four years and was continually abused by his captor.
The marine veteran had been held hostage for this horrifying amount of time in a motel room that is located in Highlands, Orange County.
Police surrounded the motel on Tuesday night and were finally able to free 86-year-old David McClellan from dilapidated motel prison. When police entered the motel room they were alarmed by the room's deplorable condition. The room was full of moldy stacked furniture and overturned flower pots.
McClellan's captor is none other than 35-year-old Perry Cogliano. Police report that Cogliano had been holding McClellan as a prisoner for so long in order to cash his Social Security and pension checks as well as profit from McClellan's food stamps.
Chief of the Highland Police Department, Jack Quinn, announced,
"We believe he is the recipient of a tremendous amount of money on a monthly basis".
A neighbor who lived close by shared with reporters,
"The guy who was arrested who lived next door, he was giving him just one bowl of cereal a day, he would stick him back in the room with a stick, wasn't bathing him, the old guy would just be walking around here naked, just terrible".
Immediately after McClellan was rescued he was rushed to a nearby hospital to ensure that he was physically "OK".
Unfortunately McClellan was the perfect victim because he is currently suffering from an advanced stage of dementia. He also had a decent amount of money and no known relatives or friends.
When police questioned McClellan about how long he had been at the motel, McClellan was quick to reply that he had only been there for four days...when in reality he had been there for at least four years.
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