May 8 - Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with kidnapping and raping three women who were rescued from his house after nearly a decade in captivity. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Charges have been filed against the Cleveland school bus driver in the case of three women who were held captive for a decade in his house.
Prosecutor Victor Perez.
SOUNDBITE: Prosecutor Victor Perez saying:
"I just signed criminal complaints charging with 4 counts of kidnapping , 3 counts of rape. These seven criminal complaints are first degree felonies.
Fifty-two-year-old Castro will be arraigned on Thursday. No charges have been brought against his two brothers.
Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Edward Tomba also told reporters that the women had few opportunities to escape before this week . He also discussed their life in captivity.
SOUNDBITE: Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Edward Tomba saying:
"They were not in one room but they did know each other and they knew each other were there."
Asked how the women could be held for years unbeknownst to neighbors, Director of Public Safety Martin Flask had this to say.
SOUNDBITE: Director Of Public Safety Martin Flask saying:
"No evidence to indicate that any of them were ever outisde in the yard, in chains, without clothing. In the last decade, they have only known themselves to be outside on two separate ocassion and that was only briefly."
Authorities say they've collected over 200 pieces of evidence from his home and that they are searching a second house on the same street.
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