As police and the FBI try to piece together how the three women and a
6-year-old girl, who police believe is the daughter of one of the
women, remained captive in a house for more than a decade in a densely
populated section of Cleveland, the women were released Tuesday from a
local hospital and returned to their families.
"The real hero here is Amanda [Berry]," Cleveland's assistant police chief Ed Tomba said at a press conference.
The women were identified as Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
The three were treated in the MetroHealth Emergency Department Monday
night and released on Tuesday morning. Authorities would not comment
further on their conditions, saying only that they looked to be healthy
and in need of a good meal. The women all lived within two miles of the
On Monday evening, neighbor Charles Ramsey told Fox 8 he heard
screaming and found Berry at the door of the suspect's house and helped
her call police.
Ramsey said the door would open only enough to fit a hand through. He
said she was trying desperately to get outside and pleaded for help to
"I heard screaming," he said. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come
outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."
Neighbor Anna Tejeda was sitting on her porch with friends when they heard someone across the street kicking a door and yelling.
Tejeda, 50, said one of her friends went over and told Berry how to
kick the screen out of the bottom of the door, which allowed her to get
Speaking Spanish, which was translated by one of her friends, Tejeda
said Berry was nervous and crying. She was dressed in pajamas and old
At first Tejeda said she didn't want to believe who the young woman
was. "You're not Amanda Berry," she insisted. "Amanda Berry is dead."
But when Berry told her she'd been kidnapped and held captive, Tejeda
said she gave her the telephone to call police, who arrived within
minutes and then took the other women from the house.