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Man indicted for sexually abusing, holding wife hostage in Albany home


By Anya Tucker

ALBANY, N.Y. - It is a house in Albany that law enforcement say was far from being a home for a local wife and mother, it was much more like a prison.

It was in the now condemned home boarded up with old greasy pizza boxes and tarps, that investigators believe 36-year-old Yaqoob Chauhan held his wife hostage for 15 hours two weeks ago.

Investigators say he kept her tied up with dog leashes, then sexually assaulting her while five children were also inside the home.

Neighbors of Chauhan tell NEWS10 they were first alerted to something going on, when they say the wife ran naked and beaten from the home.

Other neighbors say they had no clue what may have been going on inside the home, but they say they thought it strange that they rarely saw Chauhan's children or his wife.

Police say Chauhan, who moved to the Albany from Pakistan, skipped town and headed to Maryland. He was picked up two weeks later by the U.S. Marshalls.

Wednesday, Chauhan was indicted on a felony charge of predatory sex act which carries a sentence of 25-years-to-life if found guilty. He is currently being held in the Albany County Jail without bail.

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