Police Went To Home Of Suspect In 2004
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CLEVELAND (CBS Cleveland/AP) — Cleveland officials say they have no records of anyone calling about criminal activity at the house where three kidnapped women were kept for years before being found. They also had no records of code violations or fire department calls.
Police did go to the house twice in the past 15 years, officials said.
In 2000, before the women vanished, Ariel Castro reported a fight in the street, but no arrests were made, Public Safety Director Martin Flask said. In 2004, officers went to the home after child welfare officials alerted them that Ariel Castro, a school bus driver, apparently left a child unattended on a bus, Flask said. No one answered the door at Castro’s house, and police later determined there was no criminal intent, he said.
A frantic 911 call led police to a house near downtown Cleveland, where the three women were found Monday.
Officials say Castro and his two brothers, ages 50 to 54, are in custody.
Police say Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s. Knight disappeared in 2002, Berry in 2003 and DeJesus about a year after that.
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