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Real-Life Neighbour Who Rescued Abducted Girls From New Netflix Drama Describes The Moment He Found Them

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Real-Life Neighbour Who Rescued Abducted Girls From New Netflix Drama Describes The Moment He Found Them

Cleveland Abduction tells the sickening true story of Ariel Castro, who kidnapped three young girls and kept them captive for years. Since its release, footage has remerged from an interview with the man who rescued them. Here's what he had to say moments after getting the girls to safety:

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Charles Ramsey lived on the same street as Castro for about a year before he was arrested by police in 2013.

Speaking to ABC News at the time, he explained how he was eating some food when he heard a loud screaming noise coming from down the road.

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When he got outside, he saw a girl trying to escape from Castro's house, but unable to break out.

It was only when he spoke to her that he discovered that she was in fact Amanda Berry, who had disappeared a decade earlier in April 2003, just a day before her 17th birthday.

She then told Ramsay that there were two other girls inside the house who needed rescuing – Michelle Knight, who was snatched in August 2002, aged 21, and Gina DeJesus, who was just 14 when she went missing in April 2004. 

Amanda Berry was kidnapped by Ariel Castro when she was just 16. Credit: FBI
Amanda Berry was kidnapped by Ariel Castro when she was just 16. Credit: FBI
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Explaining how he got Amanda out, Ramsay told the channel: "I heard screaming, I'm eating a McDonald's, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts, trying to get out of the house.

"So I go on the porch and she says, 'Help me get out, I've been in here a long time'.

"So I figure it's a domestic violence dispute, so I open the door and we can't get in there that way because the way the door is it's so much that a body can't fit through.

"So we kick the bottom and she comes out with the little girl. And she says, 'Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry'."

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At first, Ramsey says it didn't 'register' in his head who the girl was, saying he thought she was dead.

"And she got on the phone and said, 'Yes, this is me'," he recalled.

"Amanda told the police, 'I ain't the only one, there are some more girls in that house', so they go in there, 30-40 deep, and they come out and it was just astonishing.

"I thought they were gonna come out with nothing."

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Mr Ramsey said he never suspected anything was going on in Castro's house. Credit: Alamy
Mr Ramsey said he never suspected anything was going on in Castro's house. Credit: Alamy

Mr Ramsey told the reporter that he never thought Castro could do something like that.

He went on: "Like I said, my neighbour, you've got some big testicles to pull this off, bro, because we see this dude every day. I mean every day.

"Not a clue that that girl was in that house or anybody else was in there against their will, because how he is is he just comes out to his backyard, plays with his dogs or tinkers with his cars or motorcycles, goes back in the house.

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"So he's someone you look at and look away because he's not doing anything but the average stuff - ain't nothing exciting about him."

Featured Image Credit: ABC News

Topics: US News, Netflix

Dominic Smithers
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