Man charged with holding woman, 2 children captive in Spotsylvania home for years

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man is facing multiple felonies after he allegedly held a woman and two children captive inside a Spotsylvania County home for roughly two years.

Deputies from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office say that 43-year-old Kariem Muhammed Moore has been charged with three felony counts of abduction and felony assault and battery. He is currently being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Authorities say additional charges are pending.

On Saturday, July 29, authorities were called to the 3600 block of Mine Road for a welfare check. When they arrived, Moore answered the door and “became evasive” when police told him they were there to check on the family.

While deputies were talking with Moore in the front lawn, a 32-year-old woman and two children, ages 8 and 11, “ran out of a side door and were taken into safety by the deputies.”

Deputies immediately detained Moore and escorted the woman and children to safety.

Authorities said the woman and children told them they had not be allowed to leave the home for around two years. They also told deputies that the woman had been in a relationship with Moore and that the children were his as well.

Deputies said the children were examined at a local medical facility and turned over to family members. The mother is currently receiving treatment at an in-patient medical facility.

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