The son of the man suspected of kidnapping and holding captive three teens for over a decade in Cleveland, wrote about the case in 2004, just months after the abductions.
Ariel Castro, then a journalism student, shares the same name with his father, was was arrested yesterday when Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were all found alive after disappearing between 2002 and 2004. Local NBC affiliate WKYC-TV first reported the story and contacted the younger Castro, who expressed shock at the allegations lodged against his father.
The 2004 article titled “Gina DeJesus’ disappearance has changed her neighborhood” ran in the Plain Press, a community newspaper based in Cleveland:
Since April 2, 2004 , the day 14-year-old Gina DeJesus was last seen on her way home from Wilbur Wright Middle School , neighborhood residents have been taken by an overwhelming need for caution. Parents are more strictly enforcing curfews, encouraging their children to walk in groups, or driving them to and from school when they had previously walked alone.
“You can tell the difference,” DeJesus’ mother, Nancy Ruiz said. “People are watching out for each other’s kids. It’s a shame that a tragedy had to happen for me to really know my neighbors. Bless their hearts, they’ve been great.”
On Cleveland ’s west side, it is difficult to go any length of time without seeing Gina’s picture on telephone poles, in windows, or on cars along the busy streets.
“People are really looking out for my daughter,” Ruiz said.