Cleveland Rescuer Saw Girl 'Going Nuts Trying to Get Out'

3 brothers arrested in shocking case; 1 woman has daughter

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2013 11:12 PM CDT | Updated May 7, 2013 12:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – The three Cleveland women found alive after vanishing a decade ago were found in a home just a few miles away from where they disappeared after one of them apparently managed to escape her captor. Neighbors of suspect Ariel Castro say they heard a woman scream "Help me! Help me!" and found a woman who identified herself as Amanda Berry, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "I heard screaming," neighbor Charles Ramsey tells the AP. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house." Neighbors say she crawled out—with a child—after they kicked out the bottom of the home's aluminum door, which apparently opened just enough to fit a hand through.

After police arrived, they rescued Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from the home and arrested Castro, 52, at a nearby McDonald's. Police say a total of three brothers have been arrested in the case and the women appear to have been held captive at the home since they disappeared—Berry in 2003 at the age of 16, DeJesus in 2004 aged 14, and Knight in 2002 aged 21, the AP reports. Neighbors say they never saw the women enter or exit the Castro home and had no idea they were in the house. "We never thought that man would do anything to anybody," says a man who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years. "He was a bus driver."

Investigators enter the Castro house on Cleveland's west side.
Investigators enter the Castro house on Cleveland's west side.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Police stand outside a home where they say missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found in the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue in Cleveland.
Cleveland Police stand outside a home where they say missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found in the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw)
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