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Cleveland judge sets $8 million bond for Ariel Castro, man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning women for a decade
Case is now expected to go to Cuyahoga County grand jury

Amy Cooknick
In The Region:

The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive for a decade in his Seymour Avenue home was arraigned Thursday morning in Cleveland Municipal Court.

Ariel Castro, 52, was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Castro is being held on bonds totaling $8 million, with a $2 million bond for each of the four kidnappings. The case will continue with a grand jury in Cuyahoga County, which will consider additional charges.

Castro and his two brothers were arrested Monday after missing women Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped from Castro’s home with the help of neighbors.

The brothers were arraigned on unrelated misdemeanor charges and released. Pedro Castro, 54, pleaded no contest to a July 2011 open container charge. Judge Lauren Moore dismissed charges of drug abuse and a November 2001 open container charge against Onil Castro, 50.

There is no evidence that either brother was involved in the kidnappings.

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