As of today, May 8, 2013 at 2:50pm, both Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are confirmed to be officially at home with their families. Michelle Knight was readmitted to MetroHealth Medical Center in good condition. This is a historic moment for the women, their family members, law enforcement and the citizens of the City of Cleveland who have prayed for their safe return.
Today at 5:00 pm the Cleveland Division of Police along with the Cleveland City Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held a press conference regarding charges filed against the men arrested in this case. City Prosecutor Victor Perez announced that Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Pedro Castro and Onil Castro were not charged in this case as no evidence was produced to the effect that the two knew of or had any involvement in the crimes. Both Pedro and Onil remain in police custody due to misdemeanor warrants and they will appear in court tomorrow morning. Ariel Castro will appear in Cleveland Municipal Court tomorrow morning as well.
It is confirmed that no human remains were found in the house at 2207 Seymour. Evidence collected at the scene at 2207 Seymour was not discussed although the Federal Bureau of Investigation did collect approximately 200 pieces of evidence.
The resources and staff hours that have been dedicated to these cases by the Cleveland Division of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are extensive. The officers and agents assigned to these cases throughout the course of investigation remained not only dedicated to, but emotionally connected to the cases. We are all extremely happy that the girls have been found, the responsible party has been charged and that the criminal proceedings can now move forward. We pray for the girls and wish them well as they begin their way along the road to healing.