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911 call released in Tucson kidnapping, abuse case

34-year-old Fernando Richter and 32-year-old Sophia Richter 34-year-old Fernando Richter and 32-year-old Sophia Richter

A report released Tuesday is giving new details into what led to last week's arrest of a Tucson couple accused of locking up the woman's three daughters for nearly two years.

The girls said their mom's husband, who was armed with a knife, tried to break down the door to their room about 4 a.m. on Nov. 26. Two of the girls, ages 12 and 13, escaped through a window and then ran to a neighbor's house to get help.

The neighbor called 911.

Neighbor: "Yes, I'm calling on behalf of some neighbors of mine, they say that their father, or their neighbor, someone is trying to break into their house with a knife and they're next door to us."

Dispatch: "How did they call you?

Neighbor: "They came and knocked on our door. And rang our doorbell."

Dispatch: "Saying somebody was trying to break in with a knife?"

Neighbor: "Yeah. they said someone was trying to break into their house. Girls stay in, stay inside, don't go outside."

[Read the full 911 transcript (PDF)]

When officers arrived they found a 3x3-foot fenced cage and dog urine and feces. Officers said music was loudly playing throughout the home and several doors were locked from the inside, according to the police report.

Police found the oldest of the three girls, who told police she hadn't seen anyone in two years.

"I am in my room all day and I have not seen my sisters in a year and a half," she told officers, the report states.

The girl had made a calendar to keep track of the days and told authorities she hadn't showered since Sept. 19.

Police said the three young girls were imprisoned in separate sealed bedrooms, had their movements controlled by 24-hour video surveillance, and were subjected to a constant barrage of music and static over more than 18 months of captivity.

"They were so excited to see each other and it appeared that they hadn't seen each other in a long time. They touched each others' faces, hugged and commented on how they all have changed since they last saw each other," a responding officer stated in the police report.

Tucson police arrested the girls' natural mother, 32-year-old Sophia Richter, and her husband, 34-year-old Fernando Richter.

[Read initial police report (PDF)]

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