Kidnapping Suspect’s Day in Court Today

CLEVELAND –  Ariel Castro was charged with kidnapping and rape, authorities announced during a press conference on Wednesday. He’s set to appear in court Thursday morning.

Ariel Castro

Ariel Castro

Authorities said that Ariel’s brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, will not be charged in the case. Cleveland Division of Police Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said there are no facts that indicate the other two men were involved.

Police said Pedro and Onil were taken into custody because they were with Ariel during the time of the arrest.

Ariel Castro is accused of kidnapping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and holding them hostage for years in his Seymour Ave. home in Cleveland.

Documents released Wednesday revealed Castro lured Michelle into his vehicle in 2002; then Amanda in 2003; and Gina in 2004.  After he allegedly kidnapped them, the documents claimed he took the victims back to his home on Seymour Ave.

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Deputy Tomba said nothing leads authorities to believe that the women knew Ariel Castro before the kidnappings.

Tomba said the three women never left the property; but the two times they did leave the house to go to the garage, they were in disguise.

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Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:29 pm

Press conference has ended.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:29 pm

Deputy Tomba: nothing leads authorities to believe that the women knew Ariel Castro before. The women never left the property; but they did reportedly exit the house twice in disguise

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:26 pm

Deputy Tomba: house (on Seymour Ave. after women were discovered) was in disarray

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:24 pm

Deputy Tomba: (Amanda Berry) saw an opportunity on Monday to escape. She’s a true hero. What the circumstances were inside the home and the control he had over the girls– that may take a long time to figure out.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:23 pm

Story where man pointed finger at Ariel Castro in 2004 is being investigated

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:22 pm

Deputy Tomba: investigation found no facts to link Pedro or Onil to the crime

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:21 pm

Deputy Tomba: Brothers were with Ariel during arrest; that’s why they were taken into custody

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:21 pm

Deputy Tomba: not sure of relationship between everyone (in the home)

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:20 pm

Marty Flask: no indication of people in chains or naked in the backyard

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:20 pm

Marty Flask: Our review indicates only one police call for service in 2000 for an incident involving Mr. Castro as part of his employment as a school bus driver.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:19 pm

Deputy Tomba: over 200 items taken out of the Seymour Ave. home

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:17 pm

Deputy Tomba: yesterday was the first day Ariel Castro was interviewed by police

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:17 pm

Deputy Tomba: No new information about Ashley Summers; that’s an open investigation

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:15 pm

Deputy Tomba: not sure who will get the reward money. Mr. Ramsey may be entitled to some of it.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:15 pm

Deputy Tomba: Ariel Castro is cooperating with authorities. Right now, police do not know of any other victims.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:14 pm

Deputy Tomba: (the women) were not in the same room but they did know each other were there

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:13 pm

Deputy Tomba: can’t reveal connection to that new address FBI is searching

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:13 pm

Deputy Tomba: continuation of the search at the Seymour Ave. home happening nearby

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:12 pm

Cleveland Division of Police Deputy Chief Edward Tomba answering questions

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:11 pm

Perez: no evidence Pedro or Onil were involved.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:10 pm

No charges against the other two men at this time.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:10 pm

Perez: Charged Ariel Castro with four counts of kidnapping.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:09 pm

City of Cleveland Prosecutor Victor Perez commending authorities for dedicated work in the case.

Kara Sutyak May 8, 20135:08 pm

Marty Flask: completed search of Seymour Ave. home; will not discuss what was found.