“Charles Ramsey” found “Amanda Berry” and Gina DeJesus alive today after a decade in captivity. Charles Ramsey was eating at his home near downtown Cleveland when he heard screaming next door. He found Amanda Berry, a woman who went missing 10 years ago, and a young child. Berry shouted for Charles to help her escape. Inside the house were two other women: Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, who both went missing in 2002. Charles Ramsey called 911 immediately to get help.
All three missing women women were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and were in fair condition, WKYC reported. A 6-year-old child was also taken into custody.
Police said three brothers have been arrested, The Associated Press reported. The names of the suspects, or what charges they will face, have not yet been released. Authorities plan to hold a news conference on Tuesday.
Charles Ramsey now becomes a national hero on Monday as he helped rescue Amanda Berry.
“I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway.” – Quipped Charles Ramsey during his interview. The Charles Ramsey interview will echo forever in the eternal halls of the internet.
Ramsey, who lived across the street and let the woman use his phone to call 911, described being stunned when he realized that the woman was Amanda Berry, who had been missing for 10 years.
Ramsey told reporters he had barbecued with the 52-year-old man who lived in the house. Police said that the man and two of his brothers, ages 50 and 54, had been arrested.
There were more surprises to come for Ramsey, other neighbors and the police. Also found in the house were Gina DeJesus, 23, who had been missing for nine years, and Michelle Knight, 30, who had been missing for 11 years.
Neighbor Mike Iwais, who has lived for years in a house just a couple of hundred feet from where the women were found, told The Plain Dealer newspaper of his shock.
“I used to see him walking around all the time,” the paper quoted him as saying. “But I never saw nothing crazy. This is unbelievable. It’s a miracle they found him, and it’s a miracle those girls are alive. It’s a blessing from God.”
Another neighbor, Victor Pratts, told the newspaper that he had lived on the street for 25 years and would occasionally ride a four-wheeler with the suspect. He said he never saw any sign of the women.
“We never thought that man would do anything to anybody,” Pratts told The Plain Dealer. “He was a bus driver.”
Several news outlets said the 52-year-old suspect had driven a bus for Cleveland schools.
Jannette Gomez, 50, who told The Plain Dealer that she frequently visited family and friends on the street, told the paper that the man didn’t converse with her. He would return a greeting but leave it at that.
She said the suspect would park his motorcycle or pickup behind the house, lock the gate and go inside through a back door. She said the house was dark, with shades closed and a window boarded up.
Most could hardly believe the news.
Charlie Czorba, a Seymour Avenue resident of 25 years, told The Plain Dealer that he was stunned that the women had lived in the house for so long without outsiders knowing.
“This is our own backyard,” he told the newspaper. “These girls were locked up in our own backyard.”
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