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Three women have been rescued from a house in the US city of Cleveland after having been held captive for 10 years. Three brothers have been arrested in the case. 

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Amanda Berry (centre) after being reunited with her sister, Beth Serrano, fled Ariel Castro's house with a girl who is believed to be her daughter (right). AFP


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US police probe how triple kidnap was hidden 10 years

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AFP) - US police searched an unremarkable home in a working-class neighbourhood of Cleveland on Tuesday after three women who had been missing for around a decade were rescued from kidnappers.

Three brothers have been arrested in the Midwestern city after one of the captives managed to alert a neighbour, who broke down the door to free her and the six-year-old daughter she apparently bore as a prisoner.

Police responding to a desperate 911 emergency call found two more women in the modest detached home with American and Puerto Rican flags on the porch. All had been reported missing in separate incidents around 10 years ago.

The women – Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32 – were freed on Monday night and examined at a local hospital before being released to their families. The FBI was due to interview them.

Police confirmed that Berry has a six-year-old daughter, apparently born while she was in captivity.

The three Ohio women were abducted separately in 2002, 2003 and 2004 but were found together in the home of 52-year-old Ariel Castro.

Mugshots of the Castro brothers, the alleged kidnappers, which were released by Cleveland police. From left: Ariel Castro, Onil Casto and Pedro Castro.

Castro and his brothers – Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 – have been detained. Police mug shots revealed them to be thick-set men with gray beards.

The nightmare ended when Berry – kidnapped just before her 17th birthday – reached through a crack in the front door and called for help.

"I heard screaming ... and I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside of the house," neighbor Charles Ramsey told a local ABC news affiliate. "I go on the porch, and she said, 'Help me get out. I've been here a long time'."

Ramsey said he could not pull the door open, so he kicked out a lower section and she crawled through carrying a little girl.

Berry went to a neighboring home and called police, begging them to come as soon as they could – "before he gets back" – according to a recording of her 911 call to emergency services.

When police arrived, she said two other women were being held captive.

Berry was last seen on April 21, 2003, when she left work at a fast food restaurant just a few blocks from her home.

DeJesus was 14 when she vanished while walking home from school on April 2, 2004. Knight, who was 20 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at a cousin's house on August 23, 2002, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

FBI forensic personnel remove evidence from the house where three women were held captive. AFP

Residents at the scene told AFP they were shocked, and had no idea that the neighbor who would sometimes share food grilled in his yard, could have had such a grim secret locked away.

reunite – to bring together again รวมตัวกันใหม่, รวมกันใหม่
flee (past form: fled) – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
probe – to investigate; to attempt to find out the truth about something; to examine ตรวจสอบ
kidnap – to take someone away and make them a prisoner, especially in order to get money, freedom for someone else, etc. ลักพาตัว
unremarkable – ordinary; not special or remarkable in any way  ธรรมดา; ไม่โดดเด่น
neighbourhood – a particular area of a city or town ละแวก, ย่าน
decade – a period of ten years  ทศวรรษ
rescue – to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
captive – a person who is kept as a prisoner ผู้ถูกคุมขัง
alert – to tell someone in authority about a danger or problem so that they can take action to deal with แจ้งให้ทราบ, บอก
neighbour – someone who lives near you,  เพื่อนบ้าน
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
bear (a child) – to give birth to a child ให้กำเนิด, คลอดลูก
desperate – very worried or confused because you do not know how to deal with an unpleasant or dangerous situation อย่างสิ้นหวัง  อย่างหมดหวัง
modest – fairly small พอประมาณ ค่อนข้างเล็ก
detached home – a single house that is not joined to another บ้านเดี่ยว
porch – a small area at the entrance to a building, such as a house or a church, that is covered by a roof and often has walls ชานบ้าน, ระเบียง
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
release – to let someone leave a place where they have been kept ปล่อยตัว
US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – one of the national police forces in the US controlled by the central government สำนักงานสืบสวนของสหรัฐอเมริกา
due to – scheduled to มีกำหนด
interview – to ask someone questions in a meeting สัมภาษณ์
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
captivity – the state of being kept in a confined space; the state of being kept as a prisoner การถูกกักขัง, การถูกจองจำ
abduct – to take somebody away illegally, especially using force ลักพาตัว
detain – to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
mug shot – a photograph of someone's face, taken by the police for their records
reveal – to show something that was covered, hidden or not known เปิดเผย ทำให้ปรากฎ
heavy-set – having a broad heavy body; big and strong
beard – hair that grows on the chin and cheeks of a man's face เครา
nightmare – an extremely unpleasant event or experience or possible event or experience; a very upsetting or frightening dream ฝันร้าย
crack – a line on a surface where something is beginning to break apart รอยแตก  รอยร้าว
go nuts – go crazy, i.e., to act in a noisy, excited way
affiliate – a company, an organisation, etc. that is connected with or controlled by another, larger one บริษัทในเครือ, กิจการในเครือ, สาขา
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน
crawl – to move along the ground on your hands and knees or with your body close to the ground คลาน
beg – to ask somebody for something especially in an anxious way because you want or need it very much อ้อนวอน, ขอร้อง
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
block – the length of one side of a piece of land or group of buildings, from the place where one street crosses it to the next เขตหนึ่งของตัวเมือง
vanish – to disappear or stop being present or existing, especially in a sudden, surprising way  หายไป
cousin – a child of your uncle or aunt; someone who is related to you through a brother, sister, uncle, or aunt of one of your parents ลูกพี่ลูกน้อง,  ญาติห่างๆ
forensic – relating to the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
shocked – very surprised and upset ตกใจ
grilled – cooked  by direct heat, especially under a very hot surface ย่าง
grim – unpleasant and making you feel upset and worried  ที่โหดร้าย

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