The lieutenant shares the details of the investigation into the teenager locked in the warehouse in Arcadia


A 14 year old boy has locked in a warehouse currently staying with out-of-state family members. Arcadia police arrested the boy’s father and girlfriend for allegedly forcing the boy to live in a shed in the backyard.

From the outside, the warehouse looked like any other, but to one teenager, police said it could well have been a prison. Police said the teen told them he often slept in a warehouse, with no bathroom, no air conditioning, and was locked in the warehouse from the outside.

Lieutenant Troy Carrillo, of the Arcadia Police Department, said, “The first thing I saw was the bed in the barn. I noticed a lot of food wrappers provided to the victim while he was locked in the barn. ”

Lieutenant Carrillo is investigating this case. He said when they found the boy, his first thought was, “we need to find the parents and interview them and see what’s going on and you know, potentially arrest.”

Police arrested Harry Shoemaker and his girlfriend, Jennifer Hines.

In the police report, the boy claimed that it was Hines’ idea to lock him up. Lieutenant Carrillo believes it’s not her only one.

“I believe, speaking to the resource officer, earlier in the day, I believe it was the father’s girlfriend who tried to pull him out of the school,” Lieutenant Carrillo said.

The reason behind her wanting to pull the teen out of school is still under investigation.

As for the now-teenager, police said he is currently staying with his family in New York.

WINK News asked Lieutenant Carrillo what the teenager said when he learned of his father’s arrest.

Lieutenant Carrillo said, “I believe his exact words were, ‘oh thank God I don’t have to go back to that barn again.’

Shoemaker and Hines are facing aggravated child abuse charges.

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