“We have several unanswered questions,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Johnson at a press conference Tuesday. “Why were they taken? How were they taken? And how did they remain undetected in the city of Cleveland for this period of time?”
Neighbors on Seymour Avenue on the west side of Cleveland are surprised that the women were found in the house of Castro, a nice guy who attended neighborhood barbecues and offered kids rides on his four-wheeler.
“I'm not the only one on the block that feels ashamed to know that we didn't notice anything,” Juan Perez, who grew up two houses down the block, told WEWS-TV Monday night. “I mean, I feel like my head's low, I work at a school, I work with kids ... I have a heavy heart right now.”
Another neighbor said he never saw women or girls at the house, and there was no indication that people were being held against their will – only Castro doing “average” things.
“He just comes out to his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkering with his cars and motorcycles, [and goes] back in the house,” Charles Ramsey, a neighbor, told WEWS-TV Monday. “There’s nothing exciting about him. Well, until today.”