Charles Ramsey may be credited for saving three kidnapped women, but he had help.
Angel Cordero, a neighbor in the Cleveland west side neighborhood where the women were found, helped break down the door to free Amanda Berry and two other women, newsnet5.com reports.
“I helped her and I was first,” Cordero, who speaks Spanish, told the news outlet.
Cordero said he kicked the door that got Amanda Berry out. He said she spoke to him first.
"She had told me that [she] had been kidnapped for 10 years," Cordero's niece, Ashley Garcia, said translating for her uncle on CNN’s Piers Morgan. "So I kicked the door at the bottom ... and that's when Amanda ran out of the house."
On Monday, Cordero, along with Charles Ramsey and other neighbors, helped free Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who had disappeared in separate cases.
Police Chief Michael McGrath said the women were chained. They were held in the basement and an upstairs room. Other sources said some doors had holes cut out to slide things in and out, such as food, the Plain Dealer reports.
Amanda Berry, who went missing at age 16 in 2003, now has a 6-year-old daughter who was born in captivity on Christmas Day, ABC News reports.
During her rescue, Wintel Tejeda, another neighbor, let Berry use his house phone to call the police, he told newsnet5.com.
Tejeda and Cordero says they’re not jealous of Charles Ramsey’s fame but wanted to clear up any misconceptions about the rescue.
“Ramsey arrived after she was outside with the girl,” Cordero said. “But the truth who arrived there, who crossed the street, who came and broke the door, it was me.”
Originally from Montreal, Zoë Mintz joined IBTimes in March 2013. A graduate from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, her writing has...
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