Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on the latest forensic evidence in the case against Ariel Castro. According to DeWine Castro could face the death penalty if a charge of aggravated murder is added.
Cleveland's Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victor Perez joins Zoraida Sambolin on 'Starting Point' to discuss the charges brought against alleged Ohio kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro. Victor Perez read the official charges that Castro is currently being charged with; as of now Castro is charged with three counts of rape, and four counts of kidnapping.
Perez's main concern in this case is for people to understand that the acts of Ariel Castro do not reflect the entire Puerto Rican community in this country. Perez states, "the Puerto Rican community is a hard working community," and he hopes that that the country realizes there is more to this community then the acts of this one individual.
Former FBI Special Agent Jim McNamara is on 'Starting Point' talking with Zoraida Sambolin. He weighs in on the investigation of kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro. McNamara evaluates the phycology of a kidnapper in a case such as the one against alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro, and what could possibly be going through Castro’s mind at this point in this investigation.
McNamara believes that Ariel Castro is only concerned about himself, and "the only thing going through his head right now is he's sorry he got caught. The only remorse he feels is for himself."
CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan and Fmr. Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Prosecutor Wendy Murphy weigh in on the investigation into Ariel Castro, and the meaning behind the high bail set for him. Bail was set for $8 million or $2 million per case.
Reporter Paul Orlousky from affiliate WOIO talks with Zoraida Sambolin on 'Starting Point' about new developments into the investigation in the case against Ariel Castro. He also updates us on new details that emerged from a police report about the alleged abuses these three young women endured at the hands of Ariel Castro.
Investigators feverishly looking for answers as new details continue to emerge regarding what went on inside the Seymour Avenue house.
UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Medical Director Dr. Lolly McDavid and Fmr. Special Victims ADA Roger Canaff weigh in on Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight reintegrating into society.
Linda Summers is the step-grandmother to Katie Summers, who went missing in 2007 at the age of 14. She talks to Zoraida Sambolin on Starting Point about the on-going investigation into Ashley’s disappearance.
Ashley was last seen in the same neighborhood where the three missing women were found on Monday in Cleveland. Initially, investigators had speculated that the disappearance of Amanda Berry, Gina De Jesus and Ashley Summers were all connected. However, now that Berry and De Jesus were found with a third female Michelle Knight, what happened to Summers is still a mystery. Linda explains, “we’re putting out all hopes that they know of something,” and that through the investigation answers to many of the questions surrounding Ashley’s disappearance will be answered. The family is looking for “any information they can get” in regards to Ashley’s 2007 disappearance.
Summers was initially considered a runaway, however a serious of events lead the family to believe that was not the case. One instance that Linda Summers talks about occurred about four months after her disappearance. Linda believes that she saw Katie while driving down a local street at night. Linda states, “her hair was cut short and dyed blonde.” However, by the time Linda had the car turned around to verify it was her, “she had disappeared down an alley.”
Ashley’s family is remaining in contact with the police and FBI in regards to the investigation into Ashley’s disappearance. Linda says, “that all you can do is hope and pray,” for something good to happen.
Katie Beers was abducted in 1993 at the age of nine years old, and held for 17 days in an underground bunker by a family friend. She is on Starting Point talking with Zoraida Sambolin about her recovery experience, and her advise for the three women found in Ohio after being missing for nearly a decade.
Beers was “ecstatic” to learn that these three women were found alive after all of these years, and hopes that they take the time to heal and get counseling to help them through the difficult recovery that abducted children face upon returning home. Beers stresses that it will be “difficult for these three women to assimilate back into normal everyday life.” She attributes her foster parents with being an amazing support system for her in the wake of her recovery. Katie is also thankful that her foster parents kept her out of the public eye, and shielded her from the media coverage of her case.
Maria Castro Montes is the cousin of the Castro brothers. She reacts to the revelations about her cousins, shedding light on their past and details about the estranged relationship she shared with them. "We are shocked with some of the things that are coming to light," she says. Montes also expresses support for the women they allegedly kept captive for years.
She says the family is fully behind the women, more concerned about their wellbeing and apologetic for what they endured "at the hands of someone that is a part of our family...We are so happy for them and at the same time we are so heavy hearted."
Meanwhile, Montes says the family and the suspects’ neighbors “never saw a dark side” to her cousins. “There was never anything that this family saw," she says. "If we had had any inclination, any suspicions of anything, no one in this family would have remained quiet.”
Julio Castro talks with Zoraida Sambolin and Christine Romans on Starting Point about his nephews who are suspected of kidnapping three teenage girls nearly a decade ago. The girls were found alive in Castro's nephew Ariel's home in Cleveland Ohio. Castro was in a state of disbelief when he learned that his three nephews were in police custody in connection to these crimes.
When discussing his nephew Ariel, he described him as a “nice happy kid.” He goes on to state that he came from a good family, and that he is sure “he was raised right.”
Castro owns a store near Ariel’s home, however Castro admits that he had not seen or heard from his nephew in five or six years.