First responders in Ohio kidnapping case talk about rescue

May 18, 2013 5:43:58 PM PDT
Police officers who responded to the house where three missing women were found alive after a decade of captivity are speaking about the rescue for the first time.

The officers arrived on scene after Amanda Berry escaped and called 911.

Berry told them there were two other women in the home. Officer Anthony Espada was the first to lay eyes on Michelle Knight and then Gina DeJesus.

"Within moments she came 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," Espada said.

"When he put her down she jumped up into my arms and held onto me and screamed, 'please don't let me go, please don't let me go!' I said 'honey don't worry, I'm not letting you go,"' Officer Barbara Johnson said.

Berry and her 6-year-old daughter are with family members as is DeJesus. Knight's whereabouts are not known at this time.

Ariel Castro, the man charged with kidnapping and raping the women is in jail and could face the death penalty.


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