TUCSON, Ariz. (KPNX) - The intoxicated stepfather of two sisters had broken
the bottom half of their bedroom door and was squatting down with a
knife when the sisters decided to flee through a bedroom window, according to a report released Tuesday.
"After a bang they observed the bottom half of their door cave in and break," Tucson police said in the report.
STORY: Three girls say they were imprisoned in Tucson home
STORY: Dungeon-like existence for Tucson girls, police say
the break they observed (their stepfather) to be squatting by the open
space, holding a knife near his chest and yelling at them," the report
They opened the window and the girls, ages 12 and 13,
climbed out, the report says. They ran to a neighbor's house, and the
neighbor answered their knocks and dialed 911, according to the report.
police report and 911 transcripts released Tuesday reveal disturbing
new details of how police suspect three sisters were held prisoner in a
dungeon-like environment in Tucson for up to two years by their mother
At first, police responding to the call couldn't
find the house because there was no address on the outside, the report
says. After finding it, the officers issued commands so loudly that
neighbors emerged from their homes.
It took about 10 minutes for
the girls' mother, who had "blood-shot watery eyes," an "odor of
intoxicants" and was "stumbling," to answer, the report says.
When her husband "stumbled" out a few minutes later, he was slurring his words and appeared intoxicated, the report says.
Asked who else was in the house, the man said, "Hazel and Thumper," referring to two dogs, the report says.
is withholding the names of the parents, who were arrested last week on
suspicion of child abuse and kidnapping, to protect the identity of the
Police heard music as they approached one bedroom
and when they opened the door, the hip-hop music was so loud the
17-year-old girl inside couldn't hear police, the report says.
blared in the room right next door that the other sisters occupied, the
report says. The girls ate, slept and at times even went to the
bathroom in their bedrooms.
Video cameras and loud music were trained on their beds 24 hours a day and the rooms were virtually soundproofed, police said.
teenager was surprised to see police. " 'I haven't seen anyone in two
years,'" she is quoted in the report. " 'I am in my room all day, and I
have not seen my sisters in a year and a half."
She said she
didn't attend school, didn't know her sisters lived in the next room and
hadn't showered since September, the report says.
brought the three sisters together, "they were so excited to see each
other ... they touched each others' faces, hugged and commented on how
they have all changed since they last saw each other," the report says.
to transcripts of their neighbor's 911 call, the girls said they wanted
to talk to their biological father and grandmother.
"We used to
visit our dad, but something happened and we were no longer allowed to
visit him," one of the girls told police, according to the transcript.
"I haven't talked to my dad for three years."
She also told police
that she and her sister think of their mother's husband as "mostly a
friend" rather than stepfather, the transcripts say.
last week arrested the mother and stepfather on suspicion of three
counts each of kidnapping, child abuse/physical and child
abuse/emotional. The stepfather faces an additional count of sexual
abuse of a person under age 15, police said.
Their arraignment will likely be early next week, according to Pima County Superior Court officials.