Police officers talk about Cleveland kidnapping rescue scene
Officer says emotion of moment was overwhelming
12:18 PM, May 14, 2013
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.