Richters to face additional charges in Pinal County

PINAL COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Richters, accused of holding three sisters captive are scheduled to appear in a Pinal County Court on Thursday morning.

Just two days ago, Fernando Richter appeared before a Pima County Superior Court judge to face additional charges of assaulting a corrections officer.

According to court documents both Fernando and Sophia Richter are expected to travel to Pinal County to face a judge there at 9 a.m. this morning.  Investigators state that county is where the Richters lived for two years prior to moving to their Tucson home last August.  The allegations of abuse came to light in November; this was after two of the girls escaped, looking for help from neighbors at the midtown home.

The Richters were charged with kidnapping and child abuse in Pima County, where Tucson Police say the couple kept the girls isolated from the world.  Court documents indicate the girls were monitored by video surveillance and sometimes even forced to use their closets as bathrooms.

Today the couple will be in Pinal County to face further charges there, where police say a majority of the crimes happened in a home in Catalina.  The residents of the Richters former home are now saying there are signs of former security measures; neighbors there also say they remember hearing loud music playing at odd hours, but state they did not think anything of it.

"It give me the chills because we didn't know, my husband and I were like how could we be so naive, not even look over the wall and know that the little girls were in there," stated a former neighbor Celeste Flores.

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