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Officer Overwhelmed by Cleveland Captivity Scene
CLEVELAND (AP) -- 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.
Estrada 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:
We immediately started running towards the house. As we were
going up the steps, it was so quiet, like peaceful. Almost as if, I started
thinking we are going to clear this top floor and no one’s gonna be
there. Then you hear this scuffling – you know something’s going on
in this room. I’m looking that way just waiting to see what’s going to
happen and it was Michelle. She kinda popped out into to the doorway
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charging at me. She jumped onto me…. She’s like, “You saved us!
You saved us!” And I’m holding onto her so tight. And then within a
few seconds I see another girl come out of the bedroom. I just look at
her. I … you can immediately tell who it is….and I asked her, “What’s
your name?” She said, “My name is Georgina DeJesus.” Very
overwhelming. I mean it took everything to hold myself together. You
know, I have Michelle in my arms…. And then you got Gina coming
out. It was like one bombshell after another. That’s when I
broadcasted, “2Adam23, we found them! We found them!”
Espada said he can't imagine what those women went through for the last 10 to 12 years.
"It just keeps playing back, in my mind, you know. I can still picture us just pulling up, seeing Amanda – couldn’t believe it. Her telling us Gina might be in the house – going in the house," Espada wrote. "I just keep replaying it and replaying it every day since it happened. I’m just glad just to be a part of it, all of the officers there on the scene that day. Everything just went so awesome, and well.
The home's owner, Ariel Castro, has been charged with kidnapping and rape.
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