• Man arrested after woman found chained in basement of home

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    A New York man was arrested Monday after police used a bloodhound to find a woman chained inside the basement of a Niagara Falls home, according to multiple news outlets.

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    Michael Ciskiewic, 25, of Niagara Falls, was charged with felony counts of burglary, kidnapping, rape and assault, and a misdemeanor count of menacing with a weapon, WIVB reported.

    According to Niagara Falls police, Ciskiewic, who was a neighbor of the victim, knocked on her door and attacked her Sunday around 1 a.m., WGRZ reported.

    “She was familiar with him to open the door, even at that late hour it seemed odd that he would be there but I think she felt comfortable enough," Niagara Falls Detective Capt. Kelly Rizzo said at a news conference Monday night. "She probably wanted to see if he was OK and the attack happened as soon as she opened the door.”

    While authorities found a broken window and blood at the victim's house, they were unable to locate her, according to WGRZ. Police then used a bloodhound in the search, which led authorities to a residence several doors away.

    While police initially could not find the woman, a second search by the bloodhound led authorities to the basement, where they found her screaming and chained, WIVB reported.

    Niagara Falls police Detective Lt. John Conti said the woman was chained by the ankle, had her wrists bound by tape and had a sock stuffed in her mouth, the Niagara Gazette reported.

    Police surrounded the home and a 12-hour standoff began, during which police began negotiating with Ciskiewic over the phone, WIVB reported.

    However, police realized Ciskiewic was no longer at the residence and expanded their search to an industrial area, where the suspect was found and arrested, the Gazette reported.

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