CLEVELAND — Ariel Castro was not in seclusion while he allegedly held three women captive in his Seymour Avenue home for 10 years.
He was out and about in the community, had friends and even appeared on Fox 8 News many years ago.
The above video shows a much younger Castro in our studios in 2003. As he played bass and sang for a local band, he smiled and appeared cheerful.
In court Thursday morning, a much different Ariel Castro: a scared 52-year-old man, hiding his face from media cameras, not saying a word.
Police say for a decade, Castro held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight hostage; bound and restrained inside his Seymour Ave. home.
In fact, when Castro appeared on our air, based on the timeline of when the girls went missing, he would have reportedly had Knight and Berry at the house while he sang and played.
Ariel’s uncle says the Castro Family is a good family, and condemns the actions of his nephew.
“About the three girls, I feel very sorry about it, and I wish and hope that they can cope and start to live a new life. I’m responsible to pray for this family, to present this case to the law, and the law, I’m pretty sure the law gonna bring some consolation to the whole family,” Crispino Nieves told CNN.
In addition to the charges with the case, court documents from 2005 allege that Castro was abusive to his common law wife, Grimilda Figueroa. She says he repeatedly abused her, and broke several of her bones.
A judge gave her a protective order, but lifted it after court delays and missed hearings by Castro.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, after a judge set his bond at $8 million, Ariel Castro was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail. There, he’s being held in the medical unit for suicide precaution.
A fund has been established for the victims. Click HERE for more information.