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Reports: Police searching for Niagara Falls man after woman found chained in basement

The Niagara Falls City Police Department is searching for a man following a standoff and a rescue of a woman found chained in the basement of a Monroe Avenue home Sunday, according to the Niagara Gazette and other media outlets.

Police surrounded the home of Michael Ciskiewic, 25, in the 3000 block of Monroe Avenue on Sunday afternoon, but after a standoff that lasted about 12 hours, it was determined that he was not in the home, according to the Gazette.

According to the Gazette, police used a bloodhound dog to track a woman to the basement of a home, where she was found chained.

The incident began at about 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Gazette, when officers were called to Monroe Avenue for a report of an assault involving a woman, but responding officers could not locate a victim at the time. Later Sunday, the victim's family members made additional calls to Niagara Falls police, and police were able to track the woman to a home a few houses away, according to the Gazette.

Police are now searching for Ciskiewic. Police are asking that anyone who knows of his whereabouts call 286-4711.

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