Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight missing women update: Police believe women were bound
9:38 AM, May 8, 2013
(CNN) -- Three long-missing women -- Amanda Berry, 27; Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, 23; and Michelle Knight, 32 -- and a 6-year-old daughter apparently born to Berry in captivity were found alive Monday in Cleveland, police said. The women are believed to have been abducted years ago -- in 2002, 2003 and 2004 -- and held captive at a Cleveland man's home, according to police.
Three suspects, all brothers, including the home's main resident, Ariel Castro, 52, were arrested and are awaiting charges, police said.
Here are the most recent developments in the case:
-- Police believe that the women were bound while they were in captivity in a Cleveland home, Police Chief Michael McGrath told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday. "We have confirmation that they were bound, and there (were) chains and ropes in the home," he said. McGrath said investigators interviewed the women Tuesday and will continue to interview them Wednesday.
-- The mother of Michelle Knight told NBC on Wednesday that she cried when she heard her daughter was found. Barbara Knight told NBC that she had been looking for her daughter during the years she was gone. "She's probably angry at the world because she thought she would never be found but thank God that somebody did." She was asked what she would say to Michelle if and when she got to see her. "I love you and I missed you all this time," she said.
-- Maria Castro Montes, a cousin of the suspects, told CNN on Wednesday that if other family members had any inkling or suspicion of wrongdoing, they wouldn't have kept quiet.
-- Charges against the Castro brothers are expected to be filed Wednesday, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said Wednesday morning. Investigators began questioning them Tuesday night, an FBI spokeswoman said.
Previously reported developments:
-- The three women and the child were rescued Monday after a neighbor, Charles Ramsey, said he heard screaming from the home.
-- Ramsey said he kicked in the bottom of a door, and a woman came out with a girl and said, "Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry."
-- Ramsey and Berry called 911, authorities said. "Help me, I am Amanda Berry," she begged the operator. "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now."
-- In addition to Berry, police found DeJesus and Knight at the home; all three said they were held captive there, according to authorities.
-- Police later arrested Ariel Castro, who's identified as a former school bus driver, and his two brothers. Police believe Ariel Castro was the only one of the brothers who lived at the home, Cleveland's Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told reporters late Monday.
-- The names and ages of Ariel Castro's arrested brothers are Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50, Cleveland police said Tuesday.
-- Knight, of Cleveland, had been last seen on August 22, 2002, and was reported missing by a family member the next day, city Public Safety Director Martin Flask said. She was 21 at the time, according Cleveland police.
-- Berry was last seen after finishing her shift at a Burger King in Cleveland in 2003. It was the eve of her 17th birthday.
-- DeJesus, of Cleveland, disappeared nearly a year later, in April 2004. She was 14.
-- Ramsey, the neighbor who broke down the door of the home where the women were captive, told CNN he did not consider himself a hero. He said he was not interested in any reward. "You've got to put that being a coward and 'I don't want to get in nobody's business'... you got to put that away for a minute." Ramsey said.
-- Michelle Knight's missing persons report from the Cleveland Police Department describes her as having "mental abnormalities" and many family members seemed to be unaware that she was missing.
-- Gina DeJesus spent Tuesday reuniting with family members. Balloons dotted the front yard. Also present: a sign that was first hung on a fence outside the home when she was first reported missing nine years ago. Her 32-year-old sister, Mayra DeJesus, told CNN's Poppy Harlow Tuesday that Gina -- for all the hell she's gone through -- is in "good spirits."
-- Amanda Berry told her grandmother Fern Gentry that she's "fine" and that the 6-year-old girl also rescued Monday from a Cleveland home is indeed her own. "I love you honey, thank God," her tearful grandmother said, in a call recorded by CNN affiliate WJHL on Tuesday. "... I've thought about you all this time. I never forgot about you."
-- Nina Samoylicz, who lives near Ariel Castro's home, said she called police about two years ago after spotting a naked woman in the backyard of Castro's house. Samoylicz said when she called out to the woman, a man told the woman to get in the house, then ran in himself. "(The police) thought we was playing, joking, they didn't believe us," Samoylicz said.
-- But Sgt. Sammy Morris, a Cleveland police spokesman, told CNN that the department had no
record of a 911 call reporting a naked woman at Castro's address. And Wednesday, a city spokeswoman said flatly that there was no truth to claims that any reports were made.
-- Another neighbor, Israel Lugo, said he heard yelling in the house in November 2011 and called police to investigate, but that they left after no one answered the door.
-- Officials have no indication that anybody living near the Cleveland home ever called authorities about anything suspicious there, Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin Flask said Tuesday. Flask said that assessment is based on an initial review of city databases; officials will continue to examine the databases, he said.
-- Since the first woman's disappearance, police were called to the home once -- in January 2004 -- Flask said. Investigators were there at the request of Children and Family Services to investigate a complaint that Castro left a child on a school bus while he was working as a school bus driver, Flask said. Investigators knocked on the home's door but were "unsuccessful in making contact." The matter was later dropped when investigators determined that Castro had no criminal intent in the bus incident, he added.
-- Tito DeJesus, a man who says he played in a band with Cleveland abduction suspect Ariel Castro, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin Tuesday that Castro's house seemed like "a normal environment." DeJesus said he was last at the home two years ago. During the brief visit, DeJesus was only in the living room and the front of the house, he said. "It was quiet. It was like it was empty, nobody was in there. As if it was only him living in there," DeJesus said.
-- A few years ago, Tito DeJesus recalled that Castro asked him if his "cousin" had been found. DeJesus said he eventually realized that Castro was referring to Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, one of the three women who police said were rescued from the home Monday. Tito DeJesus said that he doesn't believe he's related to Georgina, although he's known her family for years.