User:Uow-mg012/Man charged with Cleveland, Ohio kidnapping

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ariel Castro, 52, was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and rape in connection with the abduction in Cleveland, Ohio of three women who went missing a decade ago.

Castro, along with his brothers, Onil, 50, and Pedro, 54, were arrested on Tuesday. They were accused of raping and kidnapping 27-year-old Amanda Berry, 23-year-old Gina DeJesus, and 32-year-old Michelle Knight who all went missing separately not far from each other in Cleveland. Onil and Pedro were not charged, but still remain in police custody. "There is nothing that leads us to believe that they were involved or had any knowledge of this," deputy city police chief Ed Tomba said.

Ariel faces three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping, related to the three women, and Berry's six-year-old daughter Jocelyn, who was born in captivity. Allegations had recently surfaced that the three women were sexually abused and likely impregnated during their captivity, which is thought to have included physical restraints. Cleveland police chief Michael McGrath told NBC television: "We have confirmation they were bound and there were chains and ropes in the hall."

A court date has been set for Thursday at Cleveland Municipal Court. Authorities have asked the judge to set a high bond for bail to ensure the safety of the victims and other citizens in the community, and ensure Castro does not avoid the court proceedings.