PORT HURON, Mich. -
A 47-year-old man is in protective custody and recovering from whippings to his back and bruises to his arms along with other injuries. The weapons used were an electrical power cord and a baseball bat, police said.
"The injuries are pretty severe," said Det. Duane Loxton.
The police evidence photos are shocking. The beatings are allegedly at the hands of a 35-year-old so-called friend. He is being held in a police lockup.
After past beatings, he allegedly convinced the victim to lie to health care workers so that the secret sheltered life could continue, police say.
The only thing the neighbors noticed was new, smaller windows installed in the basement.
"They went to such great lengths to cover it up. This poor man was being abused. It's just despicable," Cathy Solomon, who lives nearby.
The two men just moved to Port Huron and bought this house a year and a half ago.
Police say they met two years ago in Mount Clemens.
The victim has no close family.
"Was there not an agency after him? Did this man have a guardianship? This would not have happened here if that were so," said Gloria Ayers, a patient advocate.
The man could be arraigned in front of a judge this weekend. Police say he has a prior gun charge and guns were found inside the hose, but not used in this case.
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