POOR BASTARD

Brazilian man is discovered tied to a bed in his father’s basement after being ‘held captive for at least 20 years’ 

  • Armando de Andrade was found tied to a bed in his father’s basement 
  • Police believe the 36-year-old had been held captive there for 20 years
  • He was found with enormous finger and toenails and had a large beard 
  • Officers say his father locked him up after he experimented with alcohol
A 36-year-old Brazilian
man was freed yesterday after allegedly being held captive by his
father and step-mother in the basement of their home for at least 20
years.
Police in Brazil came across Armando de Andrade by accident after they searched homes looking for members of a drugs gang.
The man, who disappeared when he was 16, was reportedly tied to a bed in a tiny, windowless room of the house in Sao Paulo.
Armando de Andrade who was freed yesterday after allegedly being held captive by his father for at least 20 years in a basement

Armando de Andrade who was freed yesterday after allegedly being held captive by his father for at least 20 years in a basement

Police in Brazil came across the 36-year-old by accident after they searched homes looking for members of a drugs gang

He was
found with ‘enormous’ toenails and fingernails and a long beard which
had grown to his knees, according to witnesses, while police officers
who found him described him as ‘malnourished’.
Police
believe he lived in virtual darkness for two decades in a room without
light fittings, while the floor was reportedly covered in human faeces.
Police
chief Celso Marchiori, who is investigating the case, said of the
moment policemen found him: ‘He got up, very impaired and didn’t speak a
word. We took him outside and he still didn’t say anything. We didn’t
know if he was scared or drugged.
‘He wasn’t able to identify us as police officers. We called for help and he was taken straight to hospital.
Armando is being cared for in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital, where he is reportedly too traumatised to speak

Armando is being cared for in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital, where he is reportedly too traumatised to speak
‘It’s
difficult to believe he was in that place for 20 years. It’s a very
insanitary place, he wouldn’t have survived. There’s no light at all.’
Neighbours
in the Guarulhos district of Sao Paulo, southeast Brazil, recalled how
Armando was a normal 16-year-old, who liked skateboarding and playing
the guitar, when he suddenly disappeared.
Never seen again by his friends, Armando’s family always claimed he had moved to another part of Brazil and was ‘doing well’.
One
neighbour, Aparecido Rocha Brasil, said he believed the teenager’s
father and step-mother decided to lock him in the room after he started
experimenting with alcohol.
He told Brazil’s Globo News
TV channel: ‘Every teenager is curious about these things. But for some
reason, when alcohol entered into his life, his family decided to take
this approach, and kept him locked up for all this time.’
Ederson
Silva, a childhood friend of Armando, said: ‘Whenever we asked about
him they always said they same thing, no, he’s living in the northeast,
he’s well, he’s working, he’s building his family there. That’s all they
said to us.’
A map showing the district of Sao Paulo where Armando was found. Neighbours recalled how Armando was a normal 16-year-old, who liked skateboarding and playing the guitar, when he suddenly disappeared

A map showing the district of Sao
Paulo where Armando was found. Neighbours recalled how Armando was a
normal 16-year-old, who liked skateboarding and playing the guitar, when
he suddenly disappeared
Armando’s
father Amancio de Andrade denied the allegations, claiming that his son
left home aged 18 and returned last week, and asked him to lock him in
the room as he wanted to get clean from drug addiction.
He
said: ‘He’s a grown man. He never got in touch. Then last week I opened
my door and he was there. He gave him food and let him stay in the
basement room. He asked me to lock the door so he couldn’t get out.’
Armando is being cared for in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital, where he is reportedly too traumatised to speak.
A video of a friend talking with him shows the man only able to nod or shake his head to respond to questions.
Police
have launched an investigation while Armando’s father and step-mother,
who have not yet been arrested, have reportedly fled their home
following aggression from angry neighbours.

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