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The identities of the three men taken into custody for abducting Amanda Berry and two other women more than a decade ago have been revealed.

Authorities arrested Ariel Castro, 52, and his brothers, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50, who officials believe assisted their brother.

Amanda Berry, 27, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, 23, and Michele Knight, 32, all vanished in separate incidents near their Cleveland homes from 2002-2004.

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Incredibly, the three missing women were found alive last night.

Berry escaped from Ariel Castro’s home about 6 p.m. with the help of neighbor Charles Ramsey. She called police, who rescued DeJesus and Knight.


Castro was an unassuming man, a former school bus driver who liked playing with children, and loved music and his bass guitar, according to friends.

He was also skilled at keeping a dark side hidden, said his uncle, who lived down the block from his home where three missing women bolted to freedom.

“Nobody in the neighborhood or in the family could imagine that something like this would happen,” Julio Castro told ABC News following the arrest.

Juan Alicea, a relative of Castro, said the suspect was intensely private and kept his social life outside of his home – clearly for this exact reason.

“He’d never have anyone come over,” Alicea said. “He’d never had [a] social life unless they were outside on the porch or something, as far as I know.”

Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said at a news conference today charges would be filed within 36 hours of the three suspects’ arrests.

It was not immediately known what charges the men could face or what roles the brothers allegedly played in the crimes against the three captives.

To say the least, the community is stunned.

In a good way, that the girls (now young women) are alive and in relatively good health, and in a bad way, that this awfulness all went down close by.

Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who helped Berry break free when he heard her cries for help, said he’d barbecued with Castro and never suspected anything.

“He just comes out to his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkering with his cars and motorcycles and goes back in the house,” Ramsey said Monday.

“Sometimes you look and then you look away because he’s not doing nothing but average stuff. Ain’t nothing unusual about him. Well, until today.”