Cleveland man arraigned on rape, kidnapping charges in missing women case
Thu, 09 May 2013 12:55:01 GMT —
A Cleveland man has been arraigned on charges of rape and kidnapping days after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.
Ariel Castro, 52, appeared in court Thursday morning. He looked down at the ground while lawyers spoke to the judge. Bond was set at $8 million - $2 million on each case.
Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping -- covering the captives and the daughter -- 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.
Investigators say the women endured a decade in captivity inside a dingy home where they were raped and were allowed outside only a handful of times. One of them gave birth to a daughter.
Police say the women were apparently bound by ropes and chains at times and were kept in different rooms.
The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 and were found Monday after one of them screamed for help to escape and contacted police.
A public defender who represented Castro in court today said he would be transferred from a city jail medical unit, and would probably be under suicide watch while at the county jail.
She says he didn't have a chance to talk to his two brothers, who were arrested and were then cleared without charges.
The daughter of Castro says she's embarrassed and devastated by her father's alleged actions. Arlene Castro told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that she is extremely sorry about everything.
Arlene Castro was a friend of one of the women, Gina DeJesus. Arlene was walking home from school with DeJesus in April 2004 just before she disappeared.