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Charles Ramsey: Hero of Amanda Berry rescue

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(Read caption) Charles Ramsey talks about the rescue of Amanda Berry in Cleveland, Ohio.
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On Monday, Charles Ramsey became a national hero.

Ramsey is the next door neighbor to Ariel Castro, who allegedly held three women captive in a Cleveland home for more than a decade.

Ramsey says shortly after he'd returned home from McDonald's on Monday, he heard "a girl going nuts" at the Castro house.

It was Amanda Berry. But Ramsey didn't know who she was. He'd lived next door to Ariel Castro and barbequed with him in the back yard. But he'd never seen this young woman before. 

"She said help me get out," he says. "I figured it was a domestic violence dispute," he told The Associated Press. The door would only open a crack, so he told her to kick out the screen.  "She comes out with a little girl and says 'Call 911.'

She told Ramsey she was Amanda Berry. He says it didn't register who she was until he was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. "I'm calling 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead!"

Talking about Ariel Castro, the homeowner who is now charged with three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping, Ramsey said he had no indication that three women were being held hostage in the house. "I barbequed with this dude. I ate ribs and listened to salsa music [with him]. You see where I'm coming from?"


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