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Ohio kidnap suspect has sad Fort Wayne connection

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 3:26 pm

One of the men arrested in connection with the kidnapping and long captivity of three women in Cleveland has links to a sad and violent crime in Fort Wayne in 2007.

Ariel Castro is among three brothers arrested in Cleveland after the women were rescued Monday.

Castro also is the father of Emily Castro, who cut her 11-month-old baby's neck in 2007, while she lived in Fort Wayne. The baby survived; Emily Castro was found guilty of attempted murder but mentally ill and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

At the time, Emily Castro's mother, Grimilda Figueroa, and her brother, Ariel Anthony Castro, both lived in Fort Wayne. At the time of Emily Castro's sentencing, her mother and brother both pleaded for leniency for her based on her mental illness. At the time, Anthony Castro was a copy editor at The Journal Gazette, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Figueroa died in 2012 at the age of 48.

In a strange twist, Anthony Castro had written about one of the kidnapped women and the effect of her disappearance on her neighborhood in 2004, when he was a journalism student.

Contacted by a television reporter after his father's name emerged as someone accused in the kidnappings, Anthony Castro told WKYC, "This is beyond comprehension ... I'm truly stunned right now."