CLEVELAND - Cleveland police admitted Tuesday they were just steps away nine years ago from entering the home where three young women were held captive.
Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin Flask said officers were called to the home on Seymour Avenue in January 2004 while investigating a complaint involving Ariel Castro who owns the home where the girls were discovered Monday evening.
Castro was employed by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a school bus driver and was being investigated for allegedly leaving a child onboard a school bus.
Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services joined Cleveland police to question Castro, but no one answered the front door.
"As a result of an investigation initiated by Children and Family Services," said Flask, "Cleveland police went to the address, knocked on the door and were unsuccessful in making any contact with anybody inside the home."
It was later determined that there was no criminal intent involving the child and no one was charged.
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