Police were called to Ariel Castro’s block 1,000 TIMES while he ‘imprisoned and raped girls for a decade’

Ariel Castro appears in court for his initial appearance in ClevelandPolice visited Ariel Castro’s block more than 1,000 during the period he allegedly held young women captive – and his house was one of the quietest in a chaotic neighborhood.

From August 2002 to May this year, when the women emerged from the Cleveland, Ohio house, police were called out to the block roughly once every three days.

Most calls were to report crimes, according to police records.

Castro’s house, 2207 Seymour Avenue, was one of the quietest, reports NBC News, with officers attending his home only twice during the time Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry were missing.

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The first police visit was in January 2004, when police interviewed Castro about a complaint that he left a young boy on the school bus he drove while he ate at a branch of Wendy’s.

The second, in July 2009, was when Castro reported a fight on the street.

There is no suggestion that police missed crucial signs that could have led them to the missing women.

Some neighbors claimed they had told police that women were naked and chained-up in the back yard during the period Knight, DeJesus and Berry were missing.

But police say they have no records of these reports while the women themselves said they only went outside twice, wearing wigs and sunglasses.

One house on Seymour Avenue, which has 16 houses and two apartment blocks, was visited 68 times by police while numbers 2115 and 2003 racked up 37 and 35 visit respectively.

Crime reports included calls about domestic abuse, flashers and vandalism.


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