Most of your neighbors seem to be normal, right? They come and go every day to work, school activities for their children, and some have even been quite helpful to you. But, what if you saw the police raid their home tomorrow as you arrive home from work?
That was the scene Charles Ramsey described to local ABC affiliate Channel 5, after he made a bold rescue at his neighbor’s home in the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue in Cleveland on Monday, May 6, 2013. He’s lived on the block about a year and never suspected that his neighbor was holding well-publicized missing women in the home against their will.
Amanda Berry had been kidnapped in 2003, at the age of 16 (and turned 17, the next day), Gina DeJesus was also kidnapped, but on her way to elementary school in 2004, at the age of 14, and Michelle Knight, was kidnapped in 2002, and also found inside the home along with a few children. Berry was able to get Ramsey’s attention by kicking and screaming to get out of the house as he sat on his porch, Monday.
“Heard screaming, I’m eating my McDonald’s, I come outside, and I see this girl going nuts, trying to get out of the house. So I go on the porch. I got on the porch and she said “Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time.” I figured it was a domestic violence dispute. So I open the door. And we can’t get in that way ‘cause of how the door is, it’s so much that a body can’t fit through; only your hand. So we kicked the bottom. And she comes out with a little girl and she says ‘Call 911. My name is Amanda Berry.”
Gina DeJesus’ mother believed that she had been sold into some human trafficking ring:
DeJesus went missing while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School and her mother, Nancy Ruiz, was interviewed in 2012, saying she always believed DeJesus was sold into human trafficking.
“I always said it from the beginning; she was sold to the highest bidder.”
Well, it is a beautiful homecoming for Ruiz, but Berry’s mother died from pancreatitis and other ailments in 2006, according to USA Today. Ariel Castro, 52, and two of his brothers ages 51 and 50, were all arrested and are in custody for their association with the kidnapping of the three women, according to USA Today. The case will uncover more interesting tidbits over the next week.
Bravo to Ramsey and another gentleman that were fearless in returning these women to their families. Here is Ramsey’s story below.