May 7, 2013 9:15 am
Updated: May 7, 2013 9:34 am

Charles Ramsey describes Amanda Berry rescue

Neighbour Charles Ramsey speaks to media near the home on the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue, where three missing women were rescued in Cleveland, on Monday, May 6, 2013. Cheering crowds gathered on the street where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, who went missing about a decade ago and were found earlier in the day.

Scott Shaw /AP Photo/The Plain Dealer

TORONTO – Imagine sitting at home and hearing a woman screaming — and the next thing you know you’re busting down a door to rescue three women who were held captive for nearly a decade.

This is exactly what happened Monday evening to Cleveland, Ohio resident Charles Ramsey.

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“I heard screaming, I’m eating my McDonald’s, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house,” Ramsey recalled. “I go on the porch and she says ‘help me get out, I’ve been here a long time.'”

Ramsey, who thought the incident was a domestic situation, broke apart a section of the door, allowing the woman escape.

“We kick at the bottom [of the door], she comes out with a little girl and she says ‘call 911. My name is Amanda Berry’.”

Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King.
Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, two others rescued from the home, went missing in 2003 and 2004 respectively, according to police.

Ramsey, who has lived at the same address for a year, said he saw his neighbour everyday and had barbeques with each other.

Listen as Charles Ramsey describes the rescue:

“My neighbour, you got some big testicles to pull this off, bro,” Ramsey said. “I barbecue with this dude, we eat ribs and whatnot, listen to salsa music.”

Police arrested three brothers  in connection to the case. One, a 52-year-old, lived at the home, and the others, ages 50 and 54, lived elsewhere.

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