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Pop star Enrique Iglesias surprises Sisters Held Captive

Fernando Richter and Sophia Richter Fernando Richter and Sophia Richter
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –The three sisters who say they were held captive in a Midtown home by their mother and stepfather got an early Christmas present on Tuesday—singer Enrique Iglesias sent them autographed portraits.

According to the Tucson Police Department, each picture had a personalized message.

On November 26, two of the girls ran to a neighbor's home to call 911. Police then found the third sister at the house in the 2800 block of North Estrella Avenue, near East Glenn Street and North Stone Avenue.

Fernando Richter and Sophia Richter are accused of kidnapping and child abuse of Sophia's daughters - ages 12, 13 and 17. Police say the two held the girls captive in filthy conditions for up to two years. In one of the police reports, the girls stated they were beaten until they bled.  The girls also told detectives they had to drink water from dirty jugs that were filled with bath water.  Prosecutors say a majority of the crimes in the case took place at a previous home in Pinal County. 

During a press conference last month, Chief Roberto Villaseñor revealed the girls' enjoyed listening to Enrique Iglesias. He said the oldest girl kept a picture of him inside a keepsake satchel she wore around her neck. Police say she told them it was her most prized possession. After that, a member of TPD contacted Iglesias' representative. According to police, his representative said he'd heard about their case and wanted to do something special for them. 

So, he sent off the three pictures to Detectives from the Dependent Child Unit. Those detectives gave the pictures to the girls on Christmas Eve.

Police say his message to the girls was one of love and hope. They say the girls were shocked and overjoyed.

Fernando Richter and Sophia Richter are charged with kidnapping and abuse. Both have pleaded not guilty. Their next court date is January 14 for a case management hearing.

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