Missing teens Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus found alive; 3 arrested, Cleveland police say

911 call -- 'I've been kidnapped!'

CLEVELAND - Three brothers were in custody Monday night in connection with the kidnapping of three Cleveland women.

All three are Hispanic males, ages 50, 52 and 54, police said. At this time, officers said a search warrant was being executed at 2210 Seymour Avenue. Charges are expected to be filed within the next 36 hours.

"At this time, suspect information regarding the missing persons investigation will not be released. The Cleveland Division of Police remains committed to the thorough investigation of these cases," police posted online late Monday night.

Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said that the FBI was at the scene on Seymour Avenue assisting with canvassing and interviews. He said statements were made that led officers to arrest the men.

 

 

The house at 2207 Seymour will be an active crime scene for the next couple of days, police said.

The missing women have been interviewed. They are in good health and sound mind. Police said it seemed like they have been at the Seymour location the entire time.

"It's a great day," Tomba said, talking about the officers who went in to find the girls. "It's a blessing to the community."

Police will hold a briefing at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Emergency Operations center on St. Clair Ave.

Amanda Berry told a 911 dispatcher Monday that the man who kidnapped her is Ariel Castro.

Castro, 52, owns the 2207 Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland, where three women were found 10 years after they disappeared.

NewsChannel5 Investigators found that Castro was arrested in December 1993 for domestic violence. That case was later dismissed.

Castro was also arrested in December 1993 for disorderly conduct. He plead guilty to the charge.

NewsChannel5 Investigators also found Castro was stopped six times by Cleveland Police between 1995 and 2008 for traffic violations.

A representative with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said that a man named Ariel Castro used to work as a bus driver for the district. However, spokesperson Roseann Canfora could not confirm Castro was the same Castro who was named by Berry.

The district is expected to release a statement and have more information on Castro Tuesday morning.


 
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