Authorities have reported that Ariel Castro and his two brothers, Pedro and Oneil, have been arrested in connection with the Cleveland kidnappings of Georgina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michele Knight.
The three women had vanished nearly a decade ago before they were found on Monday.
The first time police visited Castro's home happened in 2000, which was before the kidnappings took place. But the other time occurred in 2004 after two of the girls had already vanished. The police were investigating Castro, a school bus driver, after he "inadvertently" left a student on a school bus he was driving.
The police said the interviews with Mr. Castro were strictly preliminary, and they never suspected his actions to be criminally charged. There were also no reports of any neighbors calling authorities about the women held captive in Mr. Castro's house.
One man who lived a couple of houses away from Ariel Castro had this to say about his neighbor:
“I never saw anybody going in or out of his house except him. Not even one person. We all thought he lived alone because he was always by himself going in and out of the house. Sometimes he would sit on his porch and drink beer. He would have beers with people, other guys in the neighborhood, in their yards or on their porches, but he would never invite anyone over. And sometimes, you would say hello to him and he would not acknowledge you. It was strange.”
Police have said they are taking statements now from the three victims and the three suspects to try and piece together what happened at the house located on 2207 Seymour Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio.
We hope the full story comes to light soon!
[Image via Cleveland Police Department.]