Shocking, Horrifying, Miraculous Story

May 6, 2013 3:59 p.m.

Three women, abducted as teenagers, 9, 10 and 11 years ago from a single neighborhood in Cleveland have been found, apparently in good physical health, only a couple miles from the scene of the original abductions.I won’t add any more commentary than to say that the rescuer gave an interview for the ages. Capped off by a final exchange when the reporter asks the neighbor identified as Charles, the rescuer, when he knew something was up. “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway.”

Here’s the local news write up.

Late Update: A late update from the local ABC affiliate in Cleveland says that Amanda Berry, one of the three women, was rescued along with her daughter.

9:47 PM: Cleveland Police say a 52 year old man was arrested at the scene.

9:54 PM: 911 call from Amanda Berry moments after her escape.

10:01 PM: Friends and family react to news of Gena DeJesus’ and Amanda Berry’s rescue …

10:35 PM: Police have arrested 52 year old Ariel Castro, the owner of the home where the three women were apparently held.

11:01 PM: Here’s a bizarre twist to the story. Soon after the suspect was identified as 52 year old Ariel Castro, the Internet started buzzing with a 2004 article about the abduction with a byline by an ‘Ariel Castro’. Now a reporter for the local NBC affiliate in Cleveland, Sara Shookman, reports on twitter that she has spoken to the author Ariel Castro (who also goes by Anthony Castro) and he has confirmed that he is the author and son of the suspect. The son tells Shookman: “This is beyond comprehension…I’m truly stunned right now.”

11:24 PM: I removed an update relative to a Google street view of the House. No longer confident it’s accurate. This is the Google street view of the house at 2207 Seymour, the address provided by Amanda Berry in the 911 call …

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