My comment: Evil comes in many forms.
Arrested: The prime suspect has been identified as 52-year-old Ariel Castro
(Daily Mail) The prime suspect in the astonishing kidnapping case of three women held captive for ten years has been taken into custody – as well as two of his own brothers.
Ariel Castro, 52, of Cleveland, Ohio was arrested on Monday after one of his alleged victims escaped his home and called police.
Neighbors in the street were shocked to hear that Castro, who was once a school bus driver in the Cleveland area, could be capable of abducting three innocent teenagers from the street and tying them up with chains in his basement.
Castro’s Facebook page depicts a man with a passion for motorcycles and the bass guitar.
His last post to the social networking site on May 2 says: ‘Miracles really do happen, God is good :)’
The man who came to Amanda Berry’s rescue, Charles Ramsey, expressed disbelief that his neighbor could be capable of such a disturbed and shocking crime.
He told NewsNet5: ‘I’ve been here a year. I barbeque with this dude, we eat ribs and what not and listen to salsa music. Not a clue that that girl was in that house or that anyone else was in there with.
‘He’s somebody you look and then you look away because he’s just doing normal stuff. You got some big testicles to pull this one off because we see this guy every day.’
Sources close to local station WOIO said that the women were reportedly tied up during their captivity and police found chains hanging from one of the ceilings
They also reported that there were signs that dirt had recently been moved in the backyard of the house, though police continue to investigate whether or not the dirt will lead to any new evidence in the case.
Castro has lived in the house since 1992. His two brothers – aged 50 and 54 – do not live at the home. Castro was arrested for domestic violence and disorderly conduct in December 1993 though details of this are not yet available.
He was also stopped six times by Cleveland Police between 1995 and 2008 for traffic violations.
Happy reunion: Amanda Berry (center) was all smiles at the Cleveland Hospital alongside her emotional sister (left) and a young girl that is believed to be the one who fled Ariel Castro’s house with Berry
Found: Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus (right) were found alive in Cleveland on Monday following a decade-long search
In custody: Castro is accused of keeping the three women locked up in his house for more than 10 years
Jannette Gomez, 50, who often visits family and friends on the street, said Castro would park his motorcycle and red pickup truck behind the house, lock the gate and enter the house through a back door.
Occasionally, he would turn on a dim porch light, but the house was always dark, she told The Plain Dealer. Shades blocked the windows, and at least one window was boarded up.
Gomez said he never had much to say, she said. He would say ‘Hi’ back, but there was never much conversation.
The county prosecutor joined dozens of police officers and sheriff’s deputies at the scene as they began searching the house late on Monday.
Authorities say the women have been taken to a hospital to reunite with relatives and seem to be in good health.
Michelle Knight had been missing since 2002, Amanda Berry since 2003 and Gina DeJesus since 2004.
Prison: Castro has lived in the house since 1992. His two brothers – aged 50 and 54 – do not live there but have been arrested in connection with the girls’ disappearance
Investigation: FBI agents remove evidence from the house where three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago, were found alive on Monday
Remarkably, Castro’s son – also named Ariel who now goes by ‘Anthony’ – penned an article for the Cleveland Plain Press about the disappearance of Miss DeJesus back in 2004.
Anthony Castro told WKYC-TV reporter Sara Shookman: ‘This is beyond comprehension… I’m truly stunned right now.
Also struck by the allegations, the suspects’ uncle, Julio Castro, told CNN: ‘I never want to see them again. For me, it’s bad on one side and good on the other side.’
Julio Castro said his nephew used to play bass in various bands that performed at a local club once owned by DeJesus’ uncle.
He said he believes his nephew knew the family from the club and the neighborhood.
Police didn’t immediately provide any details of how the women were found but said they appeared to be in good health and had been taken to a hospital to be reunited with relatives and to be evaluated.
They said a six-year-old also was found in the home.
On a recorded 911 call Monday, Amanda declared: ‘I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years.’
She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to arrive at the home on Cleveland’s west side before he returned.