Woman Found Chained In The Basement Of A Niagara Falls Home, Leading To A Manhunt And Eventual Arrest Of A Suspect

“We were able to get a really bad guy off the street and the victim is going to be okay,” police said after arresting Michael Ciskiewic.

By Jill Sederstrom
Michael Ciskiewic

A kidnapping suspect is in custody after police discovered a missing woman chained in the basement of a Niagara Falls home.

Michael Ciskiewic, 25, was arrested Monday night after he was found hiding in an overgrown industrial area at around 7 p.m. ending a massive manhunt, according to local station WKBW.

Ciskiewic is facing charges of kidnapping, rape, burglary, assault and menacing with a weapon after Niagara Falls Police say he assaulted a woman who lived a few doors down from him and chained her up against her will in his basement, WIVB reports.

The alleged incident began around 1 a.m. on Sunday when police were called about an assault involving a woman at a home along Monroe Avenue; however, when they arrived at the scene they discovered a broken window and blood but did not find the victim, according to WGRZ.

The victim’s family called police again later that morning after they were unable to make contact with her and became concerned.

Police used a blood hound to track the victim to a home a few houses away. As they approached the home’s back door they could hear the victim screaming and found her chained in the basement of the home.

Officers then began to search for the suspect, who was initially thought to be hiding out in another home nearby. But after lengthy standoff, where police broke windows and released tear gas into the house, authorities were unable to find Ciskiewic inside.

They later tracked him to the industrial area Monday night and took him into custody.

“We were able to get a really bad guy off the street and the victim is going to be okay,” said Kelly Rizzo, the chief of detectives for Niagara Falls Police Department, according to WKBW.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated and later released.

The suspect’s father, John Ciskiewic, told WKBW that his son had “emotional problems” and may have been using synthetic marijuana.

Michael Ciskiewic is expected to be arraigned on the charges against him Tuesday.

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