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Suspected Kidnapper Appears In Court; Bail Set at $8 Million

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CLEVELAND (  — The man accused of holding three women captive for nearly a decade faced a judge Thursday morning.

Ariel Castro, 52, is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. A judge set a $2 million cash bond for each case, for a total of $8 million. Ariel Castro kept his head down, partially buried in his navy jail suit, during the proceeding. He did not speak.

His brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, will not be charged in the case, Cleveland Division of Police Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said. They were taken into custody because they were with Ariel at the time of his arrest, Tomba further explained.

Pedro and Onil also appeared in court Thursday morning on open container charges unrelated to the case. A public defender clarified to the courtroom that neither brother faced any other charges, and requested that both be released from jail. The judge complied.

Ariel Castro is accused of inflicting unimaginable horror on Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight inside of his Seymour Avenue home. That’s where the women were found alive on Monday after Berry called out to a neighbor for help.

Court records released on Wednesday revealed that Castro lured all three women by offering them a ride. Knight was first in 2002, followed by Berry in 2003, then DeJesus in 2004.

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