Manhunt Underway for Suspect After Woman Discovered in Chains in His Basement

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
June 10, 2019USshare
Manhunt Underway for Suspect After Woman Discovered in Chains in His Basement
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A manhunt for a 25-year-old man was underway on June 10 after police found a woman chained in his basement a day after she was reported missing.

Police officers were outside a house in Niagara Falls, New York, overnight on June 9 because they thought the armed suspect, Michael Ciskiewic, was inside. When they finally realized he was not, they entered and found the woman.

The homeowner was listed as John Ciskiewic. His relation with the suspect was not clear.

Police officers went to the house early Sunday morning after getting a call about an assault. There was no one at the house but there was a broken window and a trail of blood leading down an alley, reported WKBW. When night turned to day, police started searching for a woman who had been reported missing by her family.

They used a bloodhound to follow the trail and came upon a house about a block away.

Officers made contact with a person inside and broke in, finding the missing woman chained in the basement.

The woman has not been identified.

A ‘standoff’ took place and lasted about 12 hours starting on Sunday afternoon, reported the Niagara Gazette. Officers realized the suspect was not inside after officers, trying to end what they believed was a standoff, broke windows and hurled CO2 gas inside.

Officers were waiting around 24 hours to enter the house and obtain evidence, Niagara Falls Detective Captain Kelly Rizzo said.


In a news conference on Monday, authorities said that Ciskiewic could be armed; the woman he had chained up said he had a shotgun.

The victim told police that the man knocked on her door around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and dragged her from her house to his basement, Rizzo told reporters, according to journalist Breanna Fuss.

Rizzo says that Ciskiewic only knew the woman because he would mow her lawn during the summer and remove snow during the winter.

The U.S. Marshals were helping the Niagara Falls Police Department in the manhunt, authorities said.

The victim was still in the hospital.

Her injuries weren’t serious but officials were concerned about the trauma she went through.

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