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Michael Mendez is seen in an undated photo provided by the New Jersey State Police. A state police gang unit was searching Michael Mendez's Paterson, N.J., apartment for drugs Thursday, Aug. 8, 2012 when detectives found Mendez's 44-year-old girlfriend in a locked bedroom. Police say the woman may have been padlocked in the bedroom of her boyfriend's New Jersey apartment for long periods of time over the span of years. Mendez is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and other counts. The woman is receiving a medical evaluation. (AP Photo/New Jersey State Police)

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