Criminal Justice

$8M bond for Cleveland man facing kidnap, rape charges over the 3 women freed Monday

Updated: The owner of a Cleveland home where authorities say they found three women missing for a decade alive earlier this week has been charged with kidnapping and rape, and is being held with an $8 million bond, according to Reuters.

Ariel Castro, 52, was charged with three counts of rape against Amanda Berry, 27; Gina DeJesus, 23; and Michelle Knight, 32. He was charged with four counts of kidnapping, covering the three women and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter.

However, two brothers of Castro who had also been questioned by police have not been charged, and authorities say there is no evidence tying his two siblings to the alleged crimes, the Associated Press reports.

Castro’s court-appointed lawyer, Kathleen DeMetz, told Reuters that he is on suicide watch and is expected to be held in isolation.

See also: “Police find three longtime missing women after frantic 911 call; case had former false starts”

New York Times (reg. req.): “2 Kidnapping Victims Make Homecomings in Cleveland”

Updated on Thursday to include bond information.

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