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(AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw). Neighbor Charles Ramsey speaks to media near the home on the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue, where three missing women were rescued in Cleveland, on Monday, May 6, 2013.  Read more: http://managewjbk.worldnow.com/sto (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw). Neighbor Charles Ramsey speaks to media near the home on the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue, where three missing women were rescued in Cleveland, on Monday, May 6, 2013. Read more: http://managewjbk.worldnow.com/sto
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    Police facing questions in 3 women's Ohio rescue

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-05-08 03:54:31 GMT
    After three women who vanished a decade ago were found captive Monday at the run-down house, Cleveland police are facing questions for the second time in four years about their handling of missing-person cases.
    After three women who vanished a decade ago were found captive Monday at the run-down house, Cleveland police are facing questions for the second time in four years about their handling of missing-person cases and are conducting an internal review to see if they overlooked anything.
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Charles Ramsey is a neighbor who took action.  "I heard screaming," he said. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."

Because of him three women are now free from captivity.

Ramsey says he heard Amanda Berry, who was kidnapped 10-years ago, screaming from inside his neighbor's house next door.

She was at the front door and Ramsey says it only opened wide enough for someone to stick their hand through.

He kicked out the bottom of the door and out came Berry.

He took her to a neighbor's house where she called 911.  Police then went inside the home to free two more women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. A 6-yeard old girl was also freed.

PLAY THE VIDEO TO HEAR THE STORY FIRST-HAND FROM RAMSEY.>>

RAMSEY says: "Because we see this dude every day, I means every day."
REPORTER OFF-CAM says:"How long have you lived here?
RAMSEY says: "I've been here a year.  You see where I'm coming from?  I  barbeque with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to Salsa music,  you see where I'm coming from?"
REPORTER off cam says "And you have no indication that..."
RAMSEY says: "Bro, not a clue! That that girl was in that house, or that anyone  else was in there against their will because how he is, is he just comes in  the backyard plays with the dogs, tinkers with cars and motorcycles goes back  in the house. He's somebody that you look at, then you look away because he's  not doing nothing, other than average stuff. Nothing exciting about him. Well until today."

(From the AP) The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."
 
Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who vanished about a decade ago were found Monday, elating family members and friends who had longed to see them again.
 
Authorities later arrested three brothers, ages 50 to 54. One of them, Ariel Castro, owned the home.
 
Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held in the house since they were in their teens or early 20s.
 
A 6-year-old also was found in the home, and Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said Tuesday that the girl is believed to be Berry's daughter. He declined to say who the father was or where the child was born.
 
he women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and reunited with relatives. A photo released by Berry's family showed her smiling with an arm around her sister.
 

All three were released from Metro Health Medical Center on Tuesday morning. Cleveland police Commander Keith Sulzer said the three women were taken to an undisclosed location in the Cleveland suburbs.
 
A sign outside the home of DeJesus' parents read "Welcome Home Gina."
 
Her aunt Sandra Ruiz told reporters that she was able to see all three. She asked that the family be given space.
 
"Those girls, those women are so strong," she said. "What we've done in 10 years is nothing compared to what those women have done in 10 years to survive."
 
Authorities declined to say whether the women were restrained or if any of them had been sexually assaulted. Police said they were trying to be delicate in their questioning of the women, given the trauma they endured.
 
Neighbor Juan Perez told NBC's "Today" show that he rarely saw Castro or anyone else at the house.
 
"I thought the home was vacant. I thought he probably had another property and he would just come and check and see if everything is OK." Perez said. "I didn't even know anybody lived there."
 
The women's escape and rescue began with a frenzied cry for help.
 
A neighbor, Charles Ramsey, told WEWS-TV he heard screaming Monday and saw Berry, whom he didn't recognize, at a door that would open only enough to fit a hand through. He said she was trying desperately to get outside and pleaded for help to reach police.
 
 "I heard screaming," he said. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."
 
 Neighbor Anna Tejeda was sitting on her porch with friends when they heard someone across the street kicking a door and yelling.
 
Tejeda, 50, said one of her friends went over and told Berry how to kick the screen out of the bottom of the door, which allowed her to get out.
 
Speaking Spanish, which was translated by one of her friends, Tejeda said Berry was nervous and crying. She was dressed in pajamas and old sandals.
 
At first Tejeda said she didn't want to believe who the young woman was. "You're not Amanda Berry," she insisted. "Amanda Berry is dead."
 
But when Berry told her she'd been kidnapped and held captive, Tejeda said she gave her the telephone to call police, who arrived within minutes and then took the other women from the house.
 
On a recorded 911 call Monday, Berry 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 come to the home on Cleveland's west side before the man returned.
 
 "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years," she told the dispatcher. "And I'm here. I'm free now."
 
Police said Knight disappeared in 2002 at age 20 and is 32 now. Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. About a year later, DeJesus vanished at age 14 on her way home from school.
 
Berry is now 27, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Authorities didn't provide a current age for DeJesus. They were found just a few miles from where they had vanished.
 
Police identified the three suspects as Ariel Castro, 52; Pedro Castro, 54; and Onil Castro, 50.
 
Attempts to reach Ariel Castro in jail were unsuccessful Monday. There was no public phone listing for the home, which was being searched by dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies.
 
Officials said Tuesday they had no records of anyone calling about criminal activity at the house where three kidnapped women were kept for years before being found. They also had no records of code violations or fire department calls.
 
Police did go to the house twice in the past 15 years, officials said.
 
In 2000, before the women vanished, Ariel Castro reported a fight in the street, but no arrests were made, Public Safety Director Martin Flask said. In 2004, officers went to the home after child welfare officials alerted them that Ariel Castro, a school bus driver, apparently left a child unattended on a bus, Flask said. No one answered the door at Castro's house, and police later determined there was no criminal intent, he said.
 
The women's loved ones said they hadn't given up hope of seeing them again.
 
A childhood friend of DeJesus, Kayla Rogers, said she couldn't wait to hug her.
 
"I've been praying, never forgot about her, ever," Rogers told The Plain Dealer newspaper.
 
Berry's cousin Tasheena Mitchell told the newspaper she couldn't wait to have Berry in her arms.
 
"I'm going to hold her, and I'm going to squeeze her and I probably won't let her go," she said.
 
Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

 


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