“‘You’re afraid to talk to your neighbors’: Suspects’ street was perfect hiding spot”

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John Makely / NBC News An FBI investigator exits the house on Seymour Ave.
John Makely / NBC News
An FBI investigator exits the house on Seymour Ave.

By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News

CLEVELAND — It was the perfect place to hide three captives in plain sight.

In a rundown section of Cleveland, Ohio, police say three young women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — were held against their will in a white, two-story house for roughly a decade before Berry escaped Monday night and the other two were freed.

While some who lived and worked in the neighborhood described it as tight-knit, others spoke of a darker side.

He was surprised not so much by the women’s captivity but by how much time transpired before they were found.

“Does it shock me?” he said. “Well, I don’t know. Ten years shocks me.”

The three women vanished between August 2002 and April 2004 in separate incidents; they were between 14 and 20 years old. Authorities have arrested three brothers: Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50.

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