Detective says Castro lured each of his victims

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CLEVELAND -- Det. Andy Harasimchuk with the Cleveland Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit testified at length in the Ariel Castro sentencing about how each of the women were abducted.

He began his testimony talking about Michelle Knight who disappeared while looking for directions.

The detective says Knight knew Castro's daughter and that Castro lured her into his home with a promise of a puppy for her son. Once inside, Knight was tied up with an electrical cord. Hours later she was moved to the basement where a motorcycle helmet was placed on her head. She was chained and then sexually assaulted.

Knight told detectives she had been pregnant several times during her captivity. She says Castro terminated the pregnancies by starving her, feeding her rotten food and kicking and punching her.

Det. Harasimchuk then discussed the night Amanda Berry was taken. Amanda told detectives she recalls being passed by a van and thinking she recognized a woman in the van and so she smiled. The van turned around and approached Amanda. Castro, who was driving, asked her if she knew his son and daughter and Amanda answered yes. Castro took her back to his house where he told Amanda his daughter was inside. Amanda then asked to be taken home and tried to run away.

Because the room was dark, Amanda ran into a closet and Castro sexually assaulted her. He then took her into the basement where she was chained up.

Berry told police that she gave birth during her captivity and that neither she nor the girlwere given any medical care.

The detective then talked about the abduction of Gina DeJesus who was taken while walking home from school. Castro lured her to the house with a promise of seeing his daughter who Gina knew.

Gina became uncomfortable in the home and asked to be taken home. She was sexually assaulted and and then restrained.
On the night of the rescue, Gina told police that she tried to keep quiet fearing it was a trap.


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