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May 8th, 2013
11:38 PM ET

Hero Angel Cordero helped rescue Berry

CNN's Maria Santana spoke with Angel Cordero, a man who helped save the three women and child found in Ariel Castro's Cleveland house.

Cordero is very familiar with the neighborhood as he regularly visits his friends who live across the street from the crime scene. He was having dinner Monday night when he heard Amanda Berry, who had been missing for 10 years, screaming from inside Castro's house. Cordero thought the house was on fire until Berry told him she had been kidnapped.

When he tried to open the glass door, he realized it was locked with a chain. Berry was trapped on the other side where she was able to open only the inside door. After Cordero broke through the bottom, Berry escaped with her six-year-old daughter. Police later found the two other women, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, inside the house.

Cordero disputes a story told by Castro's neighbor, Charles Ramsey, about what happened when Berry broke free. Ramsey showed up on the scene after Berry was already out of the house, according to Cordero.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. JOANN

    How could he communicate with her , and understand what she was trying to tell him, if he doesnt know english?

    May 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  2. Tina

    I think anyone who responded, did anything to help, deserves gratitude and thanks. I think to know the truth of what happened, you would have to actually ask others that were there, if there was anyone.

    May 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Shay

    I think both men helped, but Angel Cordero just didn't put his self in the media spotlight the way Ramsey did. But it really doesn't matter who helped first. All 3 women & the child were rescued, that's what matters.

    May 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Guy

    This is the man who should be getting the attention and recognition!

    May 9, 2013 at 9:01 am |
  5. Brad

    Anderson, from all the reports I've seen on this horrible case of captivity and abuse, Angel Cordero is the first person on the scene to help free these women. All respect to Mr. Ramsey, but it seems to me he's trying to capture the spotlight. Kudo's to all who helped, but give focus to the right ones, as you have done. Thanks!!

    May 9, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • Missy

      I don't believe Ramsey is trying to "capture the spotlight." He repeatedly said "we" in his interviews. He also said that there was a guy there first who did not speak English. Both men helped in the rescue. Angel didn't speak English, that's why he wasn't interviewed.

      May 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
      • pat

        In the Paul Newman radio interview, Ramsey claimed "WE GOT THE GIRL OUT" then he explained "WE"...He said "WE" means him and Amanda Berry. They both kicked the door and caused her to escape with the child. He said no one else but him and Berry. Indeed, there is a major confusion in his statement since Amanda Berry can not be part of the "WE" that GOT THE GIRL OUT because Berry is actually THE GIRL who got out. In my opinion, Ramsey is lying. Too many words are equivalent to lie,

        May 20, 2013 at 10:19 am |