Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro quickly on suicide watch

CLEVELAND - The man charged with holding three women captive and raping them over a decade in his Cleveland house was quickly put on cellblock suicide watch, according to city jail logs obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press under a public records request.

The logs covered the first three days that Ariel Castro, 52, was locked up. He was transferred May 9 to the county jail, where he has remained under suicide watch on $8 million bond.

The city jail logs show Castro and two brothers, also arrested May 6 but later cleared and released, were kept under 24-hour suicide watch from their first evening in the lockup. During each round of checks, there typically were more than a half-dozen inmates on suicide watch.

The three women escaped when one of them kicked out part of a locked door and yelled to neighbors to help her. Castro has been charged with rape and kidnapping and his attorneys said he intends to plead not guilty. The case has been sent to a county grand jury, but there has been no indication when any indictment might be returned.

On the first full day in the city jail, the logs noted that a key was seized as evidence from Castro's personal belongings. The logs noted that the three brothers were kept separate -- which prevents suspects from coordinating their stories -- and were barred from having visits or phone privileges because of sex-crime allegations.

When the allegations emerged against Castro, news media outlets from as far as Japan and Australia descended on Cleveland and asked the jail staff to forward interview requests to the brothers. All three rejected interview requests.

"Ariel Castro was emphatic that he did not want to meet with any news person," a log note said.

Onil Castro, 50, was described in the logs as combative, but there was no elaboration on any outbursts. He and Pedro Castro, 54, said after their release from jail that they were unaware of crimes involving their brother.
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Associated Press Legal Affairs Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins contributed to this story.

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