Police say Cleveland women held with ropes, chains in home

Man charged with three counts of rape and three counts of kidnapping in case involving Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, and Berry's 6-year-old daughter who was born in captivity.
MCT Regional News
May 8, 2013

Cleveland’s police chief confirmed Wednesday morning that three women found alive in a Seymour Avenue home were held at some point during their captivity with chains and ropes.

In a nationally televised interview on NBC-TV’s Today show on the neighborhood street, Chief Michael McGrath said investigators found those restraints inside the home during a search after Monday’s stunning discovery that the women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, were alive after they had been missing for more than a decade. Berry also has a 6-year-old daughter who was born in captivity.

McGrath gave the four-minute interview to Today show reporter Savannah Guthrie, but the chief did not specify a time period in which the women were bound with the chains and ropes.

“We’ll have a better feel for that question once the interviews with the victims are completed later today,” McGrath said.

Ariel Castro, 52, who owned the Seymour Avenue home in which the women were held, has been charged with three counts of rape and three counts of kidnapping.

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By Ed Meyer - Akron Beacon Journal (MCT)

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