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Man Who Helped Find Missing Women: “I Thought This Girl was Dead”

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CLEVELAND (WGGB/CNN) — Three women kidnapped in Cleveland nearly a decade ago have been found alive.

A neighbor, Charles Ramsey, is being credited by many with helping get the women free.

Hear from Ramsey, in his own words, as he recounts the events of Monday.

Excerpts of the interview with Charles Ramsey:

“I heard screaming. I’m eating my McDonald’s. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house, so I go on the porch. I go on the porch and she says ‘help me get out, I’ve been in here a long time.’ So I figured it was a domestic violence dispute, so I open the door and we can’t get on that way cause how the door is, it’s so much that a body can’t fit through, only your hand. So, we kicked in the bottom and she comes out with a little girl and she says, ‘call 911. My name is Amanda Berry.”

(Reporter) Did you know who that was when she said that?

“When she told me it didn’t register until I got to call 911 and then I’m like, I’m calling 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead. You know what I mean? And she got on the phone and she said, ‘yes, this is me” and the detective, Cook — right here– Detective Cook says, ‘Charles, do you know who you rescued?’”

“You see, that girl Amanda told the police, ‘I ain’t just the only one, there’s some more girls up in that house.’ so they went up there, 30, 40 deep and when they came out was just astonishing cause I thought they would come up with nothing.”

“Cause we see this dude every day. I mean every day.”

(Reporter) How long have you lived here?

“I’ve been here a year. You see where I’m coming from? I barbecued with this dude. We eat ribs and what not, listen to salsa music. You see where I’m coming from?”

(Reporter) You had no indication that there was anything going on?

“Not a clue that that girl was in that house or anybody else was in there against their will, because how he is.”

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