Ariel Castro, Missing Women Found, Berry, Cleveland
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The man accused of holding three young women captive in his Cleveland home for the past ten years has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

Ariel Castro, 52, was arrested Monday after Amanda Berry, 27, managed to escape from his home and call 911. Berry, along with Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, 23, had been held captive in Castro's home at 2007 Seymour Avenue on the west side of Cleveland. The women had been abducted individually between 2002 and 2004.

Castro is expected to appear at the Cleveland Municipal Court to face arraignment on Thursday. His two brothers, Onil Castro, 50, and Pedro Castro, 54, were also arrested on Monday, but no charges have been filed.

"There is nothing that leads us to believe that they were involved or they had any knowledge of this," said Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba.

Tomba also told reporters that Castro was read his Miranda rights, but chose to waive them and provided police with a "detailed statement."

Meanwhile, the three victims have given authorities detailed accounts of the horrors perpetrated against them during their decade in captivity.

Knight, the first woman to have gone missing, told police she was impregnated on five separate occasions by Castro, and that in each instance she was starved and punched in the stomach until she miscarried. Castro then allegedly forced Knight to deliver Berry's child in a plastic kidding pool, threatening to kill her if the baby died. At one point, Knight had to give the baby, Jocelyn, now 6, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after the child had stopped breathing.

In the ten years they were imprisoned, the women say they were only let outside twice and only briefly, and that they were initially bound with ropes and chains in the cellar, before being moved to the house's second floor.

Castro is facing four counts of kidnapping, three for the abductions of Knight, Berry, and DeJesus, and a fourth charge for Berry's daughter, Jocelyn. Authorities will be asking the court to set a high bond against the alleged kidnapper to ensure the safety of the victims and to eliminate any potential flight risk. Castro could face additional charges following his grand jury hearing, said Cleveland Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victor Perez.

Knight remains in a local hospital, but was reported in "good condition." Both Berry and DeJesus have been reunited with their families.

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said all three women were "doing very well under these circumstances."

"It has to be a tribute to the girls, to be perfectly honest with you," he said. "They must be some really, really strong individuals."


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