Police have 48 hours to file charges against Cleveland kidnapping suspects Castro brothers

Men accused of kidnapping three women

CLEVELAND - A judge has given Cleveland police extra time to file charges against the three men accused of holding Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive for years.

It is protocol for the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cleveland Municipal Court to file charges within 36 hours. On Tuesday, Cleveland police said Administrative Judge Ronald B. Adrine extended the charging period to 48 hours. That's within the federal mandate.

On Monday, Berry, who disappeared after working at Burger King in 2003, escaped from a house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland. Police then found DeJesus, missing since 2004, and Knight, missing since 2002, inside the house.

Cleveland police arrested Ariel, Pedro and Oneil Castro Monday night in the kidnapping.

The Cleveland joint information center said they performed an extensive search of the call intake system and found two calls to Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue house.

One call involved Castro's job with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. According to police, officer investigated the possibility of Castro leaving a child on a school bus, but never entered his home. No charges were filed.

The other call was Castro reporting a fight in the street.

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