CLEVELAND– Officer Barbara Johnson with the Second District of the Cleveland Division of Police was one of several people who took the stand in Ariel Castro’s sentencing hearing on Thursday.
Officer Johnson was one of the first to respond to Seymour Avenue on May 6. “I heard the call come over that Amanda Berry had escaped from that residence. I went to assist the responding officers,” Johnson said.
Johnson talks about initially going into the home. “I remember it was very dark. I didn’t take my flashlight with me because it was a bright, sunny day. Fortunately I had a flashlight on my firearm. I turned the light on for a couple seconds to see where we were going.”
Johnson shined the flashlight so whoever it was could see it was the police. The person they encountered was Michelle Knight who “launched herself” into another officer’s arms, and kept saying how the officers saved them.
Johnson was one of the officers who went with the girls to MetroHealth Medical Center that night and stayed with them the entire time.
(FOX 8’s Jessica Dabrowski contributed to this report.)