Niagara Falls police were engaged in a standoff on Monroe Avenue Sunday night after a woman was found chained up in a nearby home.
Niagara Falls Detective Captain Kelly Rizzo spoke at the scene Sunday night and said the incident began about 1 a.m. Sunday when officers were called to 3070 Monroe Ave. for a report of an assault involving a woman. Responding officers could not locate a victim at the time.
Later Sunday, Rizzo said Falls police began receiving calls from family members of the woman who they said was missing. Police responded to investigate and eventually used a blood hound to track the woman. She was located a few houses away. Officers found blood leading up to the back door, Rizzo said, breached the door and found the victim chained up in the basement.
She was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.
The standoff began about 3 p.m. Sunday. The suspect in the case was still inside the house Sunday night and refusing to come out.
Reports from the scene late Sunday night indicated that Falls police had positioned an armored vehicle in front of the home and a police negotiator was trying to talk to the male suspect. It didn’t appear that the suspect was responding to police.
The Niagara Falls Police Department Emergency Response Team was also on the scene. Police officials were unable to offer further details Sunday night.