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Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who on Monday helped three kidnapped Ohio women escape the house they had been kept in for 10 years, recently revealed what exactly transpired.
"I heard screaming. I'm eating my McDonald's, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house. So I go on the porch, I go on the porch and she says 'help me get out, I been in here a long time.' So you know, I figured this is a domestic violence dispute, so I opened the door, but we can't get in that way because how the door is, it's so much that a body can't fit through, only your hand. So we kicked the bottom and she comes out with a little girl, and she says 'call 911. My name is Amanda Berry,'" Charles Ramsey told reporters with ABC News.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, the three women who went missing in separate incidents between 2002 and 2004 in Cleveland, were all rescued after the 911 call. DeJesus, Knight, Berry and her 6-year old daughter, who she gave birth to while captive, were all taken for evaluation at a hospital and reunited with their families.
Authorities said that three brothers – 52-year-old Ariel Castro, as well as Pedro and O'Neal, ages 54 and 50, have been arrested. Fox News noted that Ariel Castro lived in the house where the women were found, while his brothers lived elsewhere.
Much of the attention, however, is falling on the hero behind the story, who says that when he first saw the women, they appeared like "they haven't been fed in a long time."
Ramsey continued: "About five minutes after the police got here. See, that girl Amanda told the police 'I ain't just the only one, it's some more girls up in that house.' So they going' up there, you know, 30 or 40 deep, and when they came out it was just astonishing, cause I thought they would come up with nothing. I figured, I mean, whoever she was, like I say, my neighbor, you got some big testicles to pull this off dude, cause we see this guy every day I mean every day."
The neighbor said that he knew Castro – they ate barbecue and listened to music together. Ramsey insisted, however, that he did not have the slightest idea the 52-year-old man could have been involved in such a crime.
"Not a clue that that girl was in that house, or anybody was in there against their will, because how he is, is he just comes out to his backyard, he plays with the dogs, tinkers with his cars and motorcycles, goes back in the house. So he's somebody that you look and you look away because he's not doing nothing but the average stuff, you see what I'm saying? Ain't nothing exciting about him. Well, until today."