Authorities in Cleveland held a news conference early Tuesday to update the public on the three long-missing women recovered from a downtown Cleveland home Monday and the homeowner, Ariel Castro, and his two brothers, all in their 50s, have been arrested in connection with the incident.
As events unfolded one of the most dramatic moments is the 911 call that led to the recovery of the women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and a 6-year-old girl Berry gave birth to during her captivity — and you can listen to the call right here on RadarOnline.com.
Berry: Help me. I’m Amanda Berry.
Dispatcher: You need police, fire, ambulance?
Berry: I need police.
Dispatcher: OK, and what’s going on there?
Berry: I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years, and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.
Dispatcher: OK, and what’s your address?
Berry: 2207 Seymour Avenue.
Dispatcher: 2207 Seymour. Looks like you’re calling me from 2210.
Dispatcher: Looks like you’re calling me from 2210.
Berry: I can’t hear you.
Dispatcher: Looks like you’re calling me from 2210 Seymour.
Berry: I’m across the street; I’m using the phone.
Dispatcher: OK, stay there with those neighbors. Talk to police when they get there.
Dispatcher: OK, talk to police when they get there.
Berry: OK. Hello?
Dispatcher: OK, talk to the police when they get there.
Berry: OK (unintelligible).
Dispatcher: We’re going to send them as soon as we get a car open.
Berry: No, I need them now before he gets back.
Dispatcher: All right; we’re sending them, OK?
Berry: OK, I mean, like …
Dispatcher: Who’s the guy you’re trying — who’s the guy who went out?
Berry: Um, his name is Ariel Castro.
Dispatcher: OK. How old is he?
Berry: He’s like 52.
Dispatcher: And, uh -
Berry: I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years.
Dispatcher: I got, I got that, dear. (Unintelligible) And, you say, what was his name again?
Berry: Uh, Ariel Castro.
Dispatcher: And is he white, black or Hispanic?
Berry: Uh, Hispanic.
Dispatcher: What’s he wearing?
Berry (upset): I don’t know, ’cause he’s not here right now. That’s why I ran away.
Dispatcher: When he left, what was he wearing?
Berry: Who knows (unintelligible).
Dispatcher: The police are on their way; talk to them when they get there.
Berry: Huh? I – OK.
Dispatcher: I told you they’re on their way; talk to them when they get there, OK.
Berry: All right, OK. Bye.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the name of the homeowner arrested is Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old Cleveland Municipal School District bus driver who’s lived there since since 1992. He was arrested for domestic violence a year later in 1993, according to reports. His brothers, ages 50 and 54, are also in custody as of early Tuesday.
Local station WOIO-TV reported that a source said authorities saw chains hanging from the ceilings of the home, and believe the women were tied up at times.
The three women and one child, who were freed after neighbor Charles Ramsey helped Amanda out of the home, remained recovering at Cleveland’s Metro Health Medical Centre early Tuesday with symptoms including severe dehydration and slight malnourishment.
A huge local story, Amanda’s disappearance went national in 2009 when Oprah Winfrey devoted an episode of her former daytime talk show to it.
We’ll have much more on this story as details come in, right here on RadarOnline.com.