Police: Women outside just twice in 10 years; Castro charged

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Video: Ariel Castro charged with kidnapping, rape

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Ariel Castro is one of three brothers arrested in the case.

CLEVELAND -- Police have announced charges in the disappearance of three Cleveland women and revealed the three were kept inside a home for nearly 10 years straight.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped the home on Seymour Avenue on May 6.  Police say based on interviews the three only recall being allowed outside twice--for a short time--during their entire time in captivity. 

In those two instances, police say the women were forced to wear disguises and only were taken from the house into the garage.  They never left the property.

Police say Ariel Castro has been charged in the women's disappearances.

Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Investigators say the kidnapping charges are for Amanda, her daughter, Gina, and Michelle.  The rape charges involve Amanda, Gina and Michelle.

He's due in court tomorrow for an initial court appearance.

Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said a paternity test on Castro was being done to establish who fathered the now 6-year-old child of captive Amanda Berry.

His brothers Pedro and Onil Castro are not being charged in connection with the women's cases.  Police say they found no evidence linking them to the women or that they had any knowledge of what was going on.  Police say most of their investigation is based on interviews with Amanda, Gina and Michelle.

They are being held on outstanding warrants and are due in court tomorrow on those warrants.

Police say the three women knew the others were in the house but were not kept in the same location.

Police say ropes and chains were among evidence take from the house on Seymour Avenue.  A councilman says the three women were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse.

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