Arson Threats Directed at Castro’s Home

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Seymour Avenue

CLEVELAND — The Seymour Avenue home where three women were held captive for a decade will be under constant surveillance because of repeated arson threats, Ward 14 Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins said Saturday.

The watch is one measure the city and police department are taking to protect the active crime scene.

The windows were boarded up and a 10-foot-high fence will also be erected around the 2207 address Saturday.

Two vacant homes next to the property will not be fenced and are not considered part of the crime scene.

Ariel Castro (Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Jail)

Ariel Castro (Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Jail)

Ariel Castro, 52, has been charged with kidnapping and rape.  His bond was set at $8 million.  Additional charges could be filed.

Michelle Knight, 32; Amanda Berry, 27; and Gina DeJesus, 23; escaped Castro’s home Monday after Berry got the attention of neighbors who helped to break down the door.

The women were abducted from west side neighborhoods in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

A 6-year-old was also rescued from the home Monday.

Paternity tests confirmed Castro fathered the child.

The survivors were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for evaluation but have since been released.