Three brothers arrested: what's known so far about alleged Cleveland captors (+video)
Three brothers arrested – Ariel, Pedro, and Onil Castro – are accused of kidnapping and holding Amanda Berry and two other women captive for 10 years. Cleveland neighbors and family members are beginning to talk about the suspects.
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However, he struggled to control his temper, The Plain Dealer reported.
According to a 2005 filing in Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, viewed by The Plain Dealer, Castro fought over the custody of his children with his former wife, Grimilda Figueroa. She had full custody of the children, but Castro allegedly took the daughters and kept them from his wife. In the filing, Ms. Figueroa’s attorney asked the judge to "keep [Castro] from threatening to kill [Figueroa]." She suffered a broken nose, broken ribs, and two dislocated shoulders, among other injuries.
Ariel Anthony Castro, his son, told The Plain Dealer that the news of his father’s alleged involvement is “beyond comprehension.”
In 2004, Anthony Castro, as he goes by, wrote an article as a journalism student for the Plain Press, a neighborhood newspaper, about the community’s anxiety after Ms. DeJesus’s and Ms. Berry’s disappearances. He interviewed Nancy Ruiz, DeJesus’s mother, for the article.
“That I wrote about this nearly 10 years ago – to find out that it is now so close to my family – it's unspeakable,” Anthony told The Plain Dealer.
Arlene Castro, one of Ariel’s daughters, told the TV program “America’s Most Wanted” in 2005 that she was the last person to see DeJesus alive, reported WEWS-TV in Cleveland. In the years after DeJesus’s disappearance, Ariel performed at a fundraiser held in her honor and passed out fliers with her photo on it. At a candlelight vigil a year ago, he comforted Ms. Ruiz.
Anthony said that he speaks to his father only a few times a year and rarely visited the house. He told London’s Daily Mail that his last visit was two weeks ago, and his father would not let him inside.
"The house was always locked," he said. "There were places we could never go. There were locks on the basement. Locks on the attic. Locks on the garage."
City officials said Tuesday that there was no record of anyone calling to report criminal activity at the house, but they would continue to search the emergency databases. However, two of Ariel Castro’s neighbors said they called the police for separate incidents.
In November 2011, Israel Lugo heard pounding on the doors of the house. Police officers knocked on the front door, but no one answered. "They walked to the side of the house and then left," Mr. Lugo said Tuesday.
Elsie Cintron lives three houses down from Castro. Several years ago, her daughter saw a naked woman crawling in the backyard, but the “police didn't take it seriously," she said Tuesday.
• Material from the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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