CLEVELAND - After going missing more than 10 years ago, Amanda Berry shouted to a man from a Seymour Avenue house on Monday.
Charles Ramsey, who has lived in the neighborhood for about a year, helped free Berry and called for help. Ramsey spoke to Scripps station WEWS in Cleveland and told them his account of what happened.
WEWS: Walk me through what happened this afternoon. You heard screaming?
Ramsey: Heard screaming, I'm eating my McDonald's, I come outside, and I see this girl going nuts, trying to get out of the house. So I go on the porch. I got on the porch and she said "Help me get out. I've been here a long time." I figured it was a domestic violence dispute. So I open the door. And we can't get in that way ‘cause of how the door is, it's so much that a body can't fit through; only your hand. So we kicked the bottom. And she comes out with a little girl and she says ‘Call 911. My name is Amanda Berry.'
WEWS: Did you know who that was when that?
Ramsey: When she told me, it didn't register. Until I got the call to 911 and then I'm like "I'm calling 911 for Amanda Berry. I thought that girl was dead." You know what I mean? And she got on the phone and she said "Yeah, this is me." And the detective… Det. Gregory Cook said "Charles, do you know who you rescued?"
WEWS: And when did you see Gina?
Ramsey: About… About five minutes after the police got here. See that girl Amanda, told the police "I ain't the only one. There's some more girls up in that house." So they go up in there, 30, 40, deep. And when they came out, it was just astonishing. ‘Cause I thought they would come up with nothing. Like I said my neighbor, you got to have some pretty big testicles to pull this off, bro. Because we see this dude every day. I mean every day.
WEWS: How long have you live here?
Ramsey: I've been here a year. You see where I'm coming from? I barbeque with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to salsa music. You see where I'm coming from?
WEWS: And you had no indications?
Ramsey: Bro, not a clue that that girl was in that house. Or anybody else was in there against their will. Because how he is. He just comes out to his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkering with his cars and motorcycles, go back in the house. So he's somebody you look, then look away. He's not doing anything, but the average stuff. You see what I'm saying? There's nothing exciting about him. Well, until today.
WEWS: What were the reactions on the girls' faces? I can't imagine to see the sunlight…
Ramsey: Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway. Dead giveaway.