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Philly landlord describes finding 4 mentally disabled adults, 1 chained, in boiler room
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' A landlord who discovered four mentally disabled adults locked in a squalid Philadelphia basement thinks the victims were there for only a few days.
Turgut Gozleveli (goz-LEV-uh-lee) says he works in the basement every day and found the victims Saturday.
The landlord says one man chained to a boiler said nothing as he was freed.
Gozleveli says the alleged ringleader, 51-year-old Linda Ann Weston, is the mother of his tenant.
Gozleveli says he met Weston and her boyfriend, Eddie "the Rev. Ed" Wright, at the apartment Thursday. They are charged along with Gregory Thomas with kidnapping, assault and other charges.
Listed phone numbers for the defendants couldn't be found. It's unclear whether they have attorneys.
Philadelphia police and the FBI are investigating whether the suspects were holding the victims to collect their disability benefits.
It's not clear how the suspects knew the victims.