Officer overwhelmed by Cleveland captivity scene
When the first responding officer realized he found Amanda Berry, and she told him 2 more women were inside, it 'felt like a bombshell'
By Thomas J. Sheeran
CLEVELAND — One of the first officers at the scene where three women were held captive in a Cleveland house for about a decade says the emotion of the moment was overwhelming.
Officer Anthony Espada, in response to a request from top police brass, wrote down his recollections and they were posted on a Cleveland police department blog.
Espada says it was emotionally overwhelming when he and a partner recognized Amanda Berry approaching their patrol car. When Berry mentioned that Gina DeJesus and another women were inside the house, Estrada said it felt like a bombshell.
The officer says he replays the scene in his mind every day.
The home's owner, Ariel Castro, has been charged with kidnapping and rape.
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