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Cleveland Cops Say Women Held With Ropes, Chains

May 8, 2013

Cleveland's police chief confirmed Wednesday morning that three women found alive in a Seymour Avenue home were held at some point during their captivity with chains and ropes.

In a nationally televised interview on NBC-TV's "Today" show on the neighborhood street, Chief Michael McGrath said investigators found those restraints inside the home during a search after Monday's stunning discovery that the women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, were alive after they had been missing for more than a decade.

McGrath gave the 4-minute interview to "Today" show reporter Savanah Guthrie, but the chief did not specify a time period in which the women were bound with the chains and ropes.

"We'll have a better feel for that question once the interviews with the victims are completed later today," McGrath said.

The chief also confirmed that the three brothers arrested in the aftermath of the discovery were talking to investigators and that criminal charges will be filed by city prosecutors later today.

Authorities have identified the suspects as Ariel Castro, 52, who owned the Seymour Avenue home in which the women were held; his older brother, Pedro Castro, 54, and their younger brother, Onil Castro, 50.


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