Cleveland Kidnapping, The police had been called two times to a house where three young women from Cleveland, who disappeared about a decade ago and who friends and relatives feared were gone forever, were found on Monday, the authorities said on Tuesday. In 2000, the owner of the house, Ariel Castro, had called the police about a fight in the street. In 2004, the authorities interviewed Mr. Castro, a driver, after he “inadvertently” left a child on a school bus.
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Neither of those visits by the authorities resulted in any arrests, nor was there any indication about the dramatic discovery for which Mr. Castro is now being held. But at a news conference on Tuesday, the police and investigators said that they were slowly starting to unravel the thread of events that led up to the escape of the women after one of them, Amanda Berry, tried to force her way through the front door of the house on Seymour Avenue.
On Tuesday the authorities said Mr. Castro, 52, was one of those arrested in connection with the case. Two of his brothers, Pedro, 54, and Oneil, 50, were also arrested.
The saga started to unfold on Monday when Ms. Berry told a dispatcher that she had been kidnapped and pleaded for the police to come before the man who was holding her captive returned. The 911 call was released by the authorities to local news media.
“I’m Amanda Berry, I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years,” she said.
Angel Cordero, 32, was heading to his car when he heard a woman scream, “I need help! I need help! I have been kidnapped for 10 years.” A neighbor, Charles Ramsey, told local television reporters that the screams drew him to the house as well.
“She had the door open a crack, but there was a chain she could not open,” Mr. Cordero said.
Mr. Cordero said that both men kicked through the door as a woman screamed, “Open the door, open the door, he is coming back.” Ms. Berry came out with a little girl in plastic shoes and ran to a house across the street.
“She looked dirty and was screaming,” Mr. Cordero said, referring to Ms. Berry. “She had on green pants and a small white shirt and old-looking shoes. Her teeth were yellow and dirty and her hair looked messy, as well.”
“The baby was crying a lot and was very nervous,” he said. “She probably never saw a car or anything before.”
The police arrived shortly thereafter.
“I did not go inside the house because I thought he would kill me,” Mr. Cordero said.