Police: Man held captive in basement for days, beaten in front of children as young as 2 years old

Police: Man held captive in basement for days, beaten in front of children as young as 2-years-old

MASONTOWN, Pa. — Channel 11 is learning more about a 'house of horrors' in Fayette County.

According to police, David Clark held another man captive in his Masontown basement.

Police told Channel 11 Clark beat that man so badly, he had to be flown to the hospital.

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According to police, he confessed to some of the beating, claiming another man made him do it so he could watch.

Police said the violence lasted for days and happened in front of young children. Their mother told Channel 11 she is also a victim.

On Monday, officers found a man wandering in the street with his head bleeding profusely, who told them he was held captive in a home's basement, tied up and beaten for days.


Police are familiar with the home because there was a murder there last January. That crime also happened in front of the three young children who live there, the youngest is 2 years old.

When officers arrested Clark, they said he was so out of control, they couldn't even take a new mugshot.

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Witnesses told police Clark tied the victim's hands together with a PlayStation controller cord before beating him with fists, a belt and a gun.

They were all afraid of Clark because he was “speaking in tongues” and pointed the gun at all of them, including the children, according to witnesses.

The woman who lives in the house told Channel 11 she met the victim on Facebook.

Police said it was a dating app.

Police say a man was held captive, tied and beaten for days inside a Masontown home, in front of children — the youngest...

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She told Channel 11 Clark doesn't live there, but was her friend, and claims he was holding all of them against their will, even taking their cellphones so no one could call police.

She said she did her best to keep her children away from him throughout the assault.

Clark is charged with attempted homicide and is being held in the Fayette County Jail on $250,000 bail.

More charges could be filed in the case.