Police officers talk about Cleveland kidnapping rescue scene

Officer says emotion of moment was overwhelming

CLEVELAND, Ohio -  (AP) -- One of the first officers at the scene where three women were held captive in a Cleveland house for about a decade says the emotion of the moment was overwhelming.

   Officer Anthony Espada, in response to a request from top police brass, wrote down his recollections and they were posted on a Cleveland police department blog.

   Espada says it was emotionally overwhelming when he and a partner recognized Amanda Berry approaching their patrol car. When Berry mentioned that Gina DeJesus and another women were inside the house, Espada said it felt like a bombshell.

   The officer says he replays the scene in his mind every day.

   The home's owner, Ariel Castro, has been charged with kidnapping and rape.
 


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