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Police rescue woman chained in basement of New York home

Manhunt underway for suspect after standoff
Posted at 9:31 AM, Jun 10, 2019

A woman is recovering after being rescued by police from the basement of a Niagara Falls, New York home, where officers said she was chained.

Meantime, officers are trying to locate the man they say put her there: Michael Ciskiewic, 25, of Niagara Falls.

Police remained outside a home on Monroe Avenue during most of the overnight hours, engaged in what they thought was a standoff with Ciskiewic. But he was not inside the house where the woman was found.

Police made an initial visit to a home on Monroe around 1 a.m. Sunday. They received a call of an assault, but found no one at the home. They did find a broken window and a blood trail, but the trail was lost down an alley.

At dawn, police began searching for a woman. She was reported missing by her family. Using a bloodhound, they tracked blood to a home just down the block from the initial residence.

After making contact with someone inside, officers breached the home's back door and found the woman chained in the basement. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Police have not divulged any more information about her.