– Ariel Castro, accused with his brothers of kidnapping and holding three women for a decade, is a local musician, well known in his community as a former school bus driver.
Police had gone to the house at least twice after the women were abducted.
There had been signs that something was amiss inside the faded two-storey house, which was far from isolated and just steps away from a petrol station and Caribbean grocery.
Neighbours said that in recent years a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard, and pounding was heard on the doors. Police showed up each time but stayed outside, they said.
Authorities confirmed family services investigators went to the home in January 2004, after all three girls had gone missing, because Ariel Castro had left a child on a school bus.
Investigators knocked on the door but failed to make “any contact with anyone inside that home”, Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson told a news conference.
He said officials had no indication that any of the neighbours, bystanders, witnesses or anyone else has ever called regarding activity that occurred at that house on Seymour Avenue.
At some point officers talked to Ariel Castro and determined there was no criminal intent involving the bus incident, City Safety Director Martin Flask said.
Ariel Castro also called police in the year 2000 to report a fight in the street, authorities said.
Records show he was arrested for domestic violence in 1993, but that a grand jury declined to indict him.
Ariel Castro, 52, owned the home at 2207 Seymour Avenue where the women were found. Records show the house was in foreclosure because he owed thousands in real estate taxes.
Local and federal authorities said they had never stopped investigating the cases.
A six-year-old girl, believed to be the daughter of kidnapped Amanda Berry, was also rescued.
On Monday, while Ariel Castro was out, Ms Berry hailed a neighbour, Charles Ramsey, and convinced him to help her.
Authorities declined to specify what charges the three Castro brothers are likely to face or to detail how they were placed under arrest. Pedro and Onil Castro have addresses elsewhere in Cleveland, police said.
Mr Ramsey told a television reporter he has lived across the street from Ariel Castro’s house for about a year but did not have “a clue that the girl was in that house, or that anybody else was in there” – John Bacon


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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