Three men — two who were severely beaten and had their hands zip-tied behind their backs — were found in a neighborhood on the Andover-Lawrence line early Monday morning, police said.
Police got a call about the men in the neighborhood located off Route 28 around 3:15 a.m. after someone knocked on a resident's door there, said police Lt. Edward Guy.
Guy said two of the men had cuts and bruising on their faces and upper bodies and their hands were zip-tied behind their backs. The third man was not restrained and did not appear injured, Guy said. None of the men spoke English, he said.
The men were taken to a hospital for treatment, Guy said.
The men gave police vague statements about what happened and said they were tossed from a car on Interstate 495, Guy said. After making those statements, the men then refused to cooperate with police at all, he said.
"We weren't able to get much of a story from them," he said.
Police in Lawrence were immediately notified of the incident, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Boston. Guy said at least one of the men was in the United States illegally.
The incident remains under investigation, Guy said.