Cleveland Kidnap Suspect Charged with Rapes, Abductions


Neighbors described Ariel Castro as friendly, often seen outside tinkering with cars and even attending vigils for the missing girls. Family members and court documents depicted the suspect in a different light.

Castro was violent, according to family members of his late wife, Grimilda Figueroa. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a family member called him "a monster."

Ariel Castro "was nice when he was outside, but behind closed doors he was an animal, two-faced. He had done terrible things to [Grimilda] and treated her like trash," the source said.

Castro, a fired school bus driver, was arrested in 1993 on a domestic violence charge that was later dropped.

All four victims were taken to a hospital on Monday for examination.

Today, Berry and DeJesus were reunited with their families as cheering crowds greeted their returns. Only Michelle Knight remained at Metro Medical center, but was in "good condition."

"We appreciate all you've done for us for past 10 years," Berry's sister, Beth Serrano, told the media gathered outside her home. "We are elated."

Police said said witness questioning has not turned up a connection between Castro and Ashley Summers, another teen who vanished in the same neighborhood in 2007.

"There is no new information that's come to light about her," Tomba said. "Ashley Summers is an active, open investigation."

The women, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said, are currently "doing very well under these circumstances."

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

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