$8M holding Cleveland kidnapping, rape suspect behind bars
Thu, 09 May 2013 13:28:19 GMT —
The Cleveland man accused of the kidnapping and raping of three women found alive after being missing for a decade is being held on $8 million bond.
Ariel Castro was arrested Monday after the three women, and a child, were rescued from his modest home just south of downtown Cleveland. The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 and were found only after one of them, 26-year-old Amanda Berry, managed to free herself and scream for help. She was aided in her escape by a neighbor.
Appearing in court Thursday morning, Castro looked down at the ground while lawyers spoke to the judge. Bond was set at $2 million on each case. The 52-year-old former city school bus driver has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
Police say they've talked with both
Castro, who is a former school bus driver, and the three women at length in building their case.
While they're not revealing many details, police do say the women were kept inside
Castro's house for all but a few brief minutes over the last 10 years.
Among the answers police continue to seek is the father of Berry's six-year-old daughter, born in while she was being held by Castro inside the home. Police say they will perform tests to determine paternity.
One of two other women rescued from the home on Monday remains in the hospital. Michelle Knight is in good condition awaiting her release. Gina DeJesus and Berry celebrated returning to home after a decade on Wednesday.
Also arrested on Monday, but not charged, were Castro's brothers, Olin and Pedro.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)