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Man Says He Was Taken Captive, Used in Drug Operation

December 10, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dwayne Romney wanted some sex. What he got was three weeks locked up in a small room, being beaten, starved, then forced to sell drugs.

Romney, 36, told police he was taken captive after picking up a prostitute on Nov. 18 and going with her to a house in a well-kept Queens neighborhood.

There, he said he was beaten with chains and two-by-fours, fed every few days and forced by drug dealers to sell crack and cocaine from the back door while his captors held him at gunpoint.

Romney was picked up Friday after calling police from a pay phone. He was disheveled, wearing only a T-shirt and jeans and bleeding from head wounds.

″He was badly beaten. His eye was all swollen, he was bleeding from the nose,″ said Officer Ralph Juliano, who picked up Romney. ″He was shaken up and afraid. He wanted to talk to his wife and get his family on the phone.″

Police were trying to verify Romney’s account; late Friday they arrested two men and a woman and charged them with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, drug violations and other crimes.

Romney apparently ran out of the house when left alone with a woman, who later was arrested, Juliano said. He was being treated at a hospital for dehydration and bruises.

Romney’s wife reported him missing the day he disappeared.

Ronald Myers, 30, Harold Jackson, 37, and Iona Passley, 30, also were charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and grand larceny, police said.

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