CLEVELAND, OHIO – In an unexpected discovery, Charles Ramsey helped a frightened Amanda Berry escape from captivity at 2207 Seymour Avenue on Cleveland’s west side yesterday. It was the headline that every Clevelander wanted to read: Amanda Berry had been found, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were with her. An update from the Cleveland Police Department on the matter:
Martin Flask, Director of Public Safety reported that Cleveland Police Officers arrived on scene in just under two minutes after being dispatched, and shortly thereafter confirmed that they had located Amanda. Just moments later, police located Georgina and Michele.
In his remarks, Chief McGrath rejoiced in reporting that finding these women truly gives police officers a boost. This is a moment that many officers and agents have waited many years for. Chief McGrath stated that the Cleveland Division of Police, along with our law enforcement partners, remained committed to these cases over the years. He chronicled the investigatins by noting the many leads that had been followed resulting in suspects being ruled out, evidence examined and yards excavated.
Three men are currently under arrest in regards to this investigation. The men, who are brothers, are Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro. These individuals are currently being held in the City of Cleveland Central Prision Unit awaiting charges.
During the press conference, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Office, Steven Anthony, remarked, “Prayers have finally been answered, the nightmare is finally over”. He further stated that the families of these ladies never gave up and neither did law enforcement. Deputy Chief Edward Tomba commanded the attention of those in the room when he stated “The real hero here is Amanda. Without her lead, we would not be here.”
The next steps will include sorting through ten years of logistical information, interviews being conducted and evidence examined. The Federal Bureau of Investigation remains in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and has provided the assistance of the Evidence Response Team which will examine all evidence at the crime scene.
We are glad that justice is being served and that the three ladies rescued are seemingly alright. Surely, they will have to deal with years of therapy, but they are alive and no longer in captivity. Stay tuned for any other details on this case as they are made available.
UPDATE: Here are the mug shot photos for Ariel, Onil and Pedro Castro:
UPDATE: After checking into the Municipal County records for each of the three perpetrators, we’ve learned that they all have records for alcohol and traffic offenses and one for domestic violence.