Cell phone footage of police arriving at Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home after Amanda Berry called 911 emerged on Sunday.
Two women filmed the short video with a cell phone while sitting in a car outside Castro’s house of horrors. Jasmina Baldrich and Ashely Colón said they just happened to be on the street when cops swarmed the Seymour Avenue home, freeing three women held there for a decade.
Baldrich was in Colón’s car when they pulled over in response to cops behind them. As it turned out, the officers were heading for Castro’s home.
Baldrich also managed to get a grainy picture of Berry holding her holding her little girl. The women say they overheard the 27-year-old say “I’m Amanda Berry” and they knew right away who she was.
“We knew like that,” Colón told WEWS-TV, as she snapped her fingers. “We both got goose bumps at the same time. We were shocked, we could not believe it.”
“I didn’t get to see Michelle because - she came out so fast … but I was so focused on Gina because she was so, she was shaking, she was like, it was sad ... and they were all together that's the crazy thing, you know -- and we didn't even know what was going on, we just pulled over because we thought we were going to get stopped,” said Colón.
Statements from the three victims, Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight, were released through their attorneys on Sunday. Of the three, Michelle Knight has been the least seen victim and the most brief in her statement. The accused rapist-sadist Castro allegedly beat Knight so severely over 11 years of captivity that she might require surgery.
"When she was severely beaten, he had beat her so bad in the face, she has to have facial reconstruction, and she's lost hearing in one ear," said her grandmother Deborah Knight.
"Thank you to everyone for your support, and good wishes," Knight’s Sunday statement said. "I am healthy, happy, and safe and will reach out to family, friends, and supporters in good time.”
Released from a Cleveland hospital on Friday, Knight did not even tell her mother she was leaving. "Michelle Knight has been discharged from MetroHealth," the hospital said in a statement. "She is asking for her privacy at this time."
Knight was the first of the three women to be captured by Castro, in 2001, when she was 21-years-old. At the time, Knight had a child and was involved in a custody battle. According to WOIO-TV, David Feckley “was charged and convicted in the early 2000s of child endangerment, for breaking Michelle's infant son's arm. He served eight years in prison. But a rape charge was dropped when the alleged victim, Michelle, couldn't be found.”
Knight was also estranged from her family, so when she went missing she was considered by many to a be a runaway. She was over the age of 18, which meant she was within her rights to go away without contacting anyone.
In the case of Berry and DeJesus, family members held vigils and posted Missing signs all over the area. One report suggests that the DeJesus family is considering adopting Knight. The Daily Mail reported that DeJesus family friend, Lupe Collins, as saying: "She was Georgina’s sister for 10 years in that house and she’s still her sister now."