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Kidnapped women were only allowed outside the Cleveland house of their captor twice in a decade
Police say Ariel Castro forced them to wear disguises and only let them go as far as the garage twice
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and JEFF ST. CLAIR


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M.L. Schultze
 
Ariel Castro faces four kidnapping charges and three rape charges. His brothers have been cleared.
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A 52-year-old Cleveland man will be arraigned tomorrow on four counts of kidnapping and three of rape in the case of three women missing for a decade.

But no charges will be filed against the brothers of Ariel Castro. Police say they were arrested Monday night only because they were with Ariel, and police kept them in custody until they had roles sorted out.

Police are giving few details about the conditions of the Seymour Avenue house where they say Castro imprisoned the women for years, never letting them leave the property.

Safety Director Martin Flask says that's contrary to accounts that have emerged from the neighborhood in the last two days. 

FLASK: Women never left the property

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“There is no evidence to indicate that any of them were outside in the yard in chains without clothing or any other matter. In fact, I think the evidence we’ve obtained thus far indicates that in the last decade, they’ve only known themselves to be outside of the home on two separate occasions and that was only briefly.”

And Flask said the furthest any of them got was to the garage, and they were forced to wear disguises. 

One of the women, Amanda Berry, escaped from the house Monday night with her 6-year-old daughter. Prosecutor Victor Perez says two of the kidnapping charges are related to Berry and the girl. The other two are related to Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

And Castro is accused of raping all three women, two of whom were teen-age girls when they disappeared from near their west-side homes.

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