Niagara Falls woman found chained in basement

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BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) A Niagara Falls woman is recovering at the Erie County Medical Center after being found chained in her neighbor’s basement. She was found with the help of a bloodhound.

Niagara Falls Police are now searching for Michael Ciskiewic, 25, a man who neighbors know for doing odd jobs. At about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Police say a neighbor, who knew him from doing lawn cutting at her home, answered the door to find him trying to pull her out of her home and drag her several houses down the street to his home on Monroe Avenue, where she was chained up in his basement for 12 hours.

When her family couldn’t reach her, they went to police, and a Niagara Falls Officer used his own personal tracking dog, a bloodhound, to follow a blood trail from the victim’s house to the back door of Michael Ciskiewic’s house, according to Kelly Rizzo, chief of detectives for the Niagara Falls Police Department.

“The girl yelled, ‘I’m down here in the basement’ and they charged down in the basement to find her, they found her literally chained up in the basement and using bolt cutters, they freed her. Then we just got her out of the house, down the street to the ambulance as fast as we could, and I didn’t even realize at the time, getting her down to the ambulance that she still had a piece of chain and padlock around her ankle,” said detective Rizzo.

A twelve-hour standoff began because police had indications he was still inside the home. The police negotiating team reached him by phone. “At times, he would say he’s in the house and not coming, and at times, he would say he wasn’t there,” according to Detective Rizzo. “He has a camera system on his house, and at one point, the victim had told us that he was able to watch the cameras on his phone. We’ll get him. The fact that we got her out of there in a state that she’ll be able to recover, it’s very rewarding.”

Niagara Falls Police are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Ciskiewic to call 9-1-1 immediately.

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