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Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect Held on $8 Million Bond

3:57 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND, OHIO---  A Cleveland man has been arraigned on charges of rape and kidnapping days after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.

Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday morning. He looked down at the ground while lawyers spoke to the judge. Bond was set at $2 million on each case.

Police say they've talked with both Castro, who is a former school bus driver, and the three women at length in building their case.

While they're not revealing many details, police do say the women were kept inside Castro's house for all but a few brief minutes over the last 10 years.

The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 and were found Monday after one of them screamed for help to escape and contacted police.

Cleveland police say Ariel Castro's two brothers have been released from custody.

Police tweeted on Thursday afternoon that 54-year-old Pedro Castro and 50-year-old Onil Castro have been released from jail. Police didn't release any more information, and the whereabouts of the men were not immediately known.

They were arrested Monday with 52-year-old Ariel Castro, who is being held on $8 million bond on charges rape and the kidnappings of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, as well as Berry's child born in captivity. The brothers were not charged in that case.

Pedro Castro pleaded no contest to an unrelated open-container charge in court Monday. Two unrelated misdemeanor charges against Onil Castro were dropped.

Ariel Castro daughter says she's embarrassed and devastated by her father's alleged actions.

Arlene Castro told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that she is extremely sorry about everything.

Arlene Castro was a friend of one of the women, Gina DeJesus. Arlene was walking home from school with DeJesus in April 2004 just before she disappeared.

A tearful Arlene Castro says she'd like to see her friend again and wants her to meet her children.

Castro, who now lives in Indiana, says she and her father were never really close and that they only had short conversations in recent years.

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