Suspect’s Uncle: ‘No One Had Any Idea’
Neighbors and relatives of the suspects are still in shock after three Ohio women were freed Monday night after being held hostage in their own neighborhood for 10 years. Julian Castro, the uncle of the accused abductor, Ariel Castro, emphasized that “no one had any idea” his nephew was hiding the women, despite interacting with him regularly. “I never would have thought in a million years,” Castro said. The three women, who were held hostage for more than a decade in Ariel Castro’s suburban house, were released from the hospital Tuesday morning, less than 12 hours after being freed. “You can only imagine the scene last night at the hospital with the family and friends—it was chaotic,” said Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba. Police said one of the women, Amanda Berry, 27, broke out the bottom lock of a door, and ran into the arms of a passerby, telling him that she had been kidnapped. Police confirmed that Berry gave birth to a daughter, now 6, while in captivity, who has also been freed. Three brothers, Ariel, Pedro, and Oneil Castro have been arrested in connection to the case.