Charles Ramsey, Rescuer of Amanda Berry, Recounts his Heroic Day to CNN’s Anderson Cooper

Charles Ramsey

On Monday, Charles Ramsey became a national hero.  Ramsey is the next door neighbor to the three Castro brothers, who allegedly held three women captive in a Cleveland home for more than a decade.  Ramsey says shortly after he’d returned home from McDonald’s on Monday, he heard “a girl going nuts” at the Castro house.

It was Amanda Berry. But Ramsey didn’t know who she was. He’d lived next door to the Castro brothers and barbequed with Ariel Castor in the back yard. But he’d never seen this young woman before.   “She said help me get out,” he says. “I figured it was a domestic violence dispute,” he told The Associated Press. The door would only open a crack, so he told her to kick out the screen.  “She comes out with a little girl and says ‘Call 911.’

She told Ramsey she was Amanda Berry. He says it didn’t register who she was until he was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. “I’m calling 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead!”  Talking about Ariel Castro, the homeowner who is now under arrest, Ramsey said he had no indication that three women were being held hostage in the house. “I barbequed with this dude. I ate ribs and listened to salsa music [with him]. You see where I’m coming from?”

The Ramsey TV interviews have gone viral on the Internet and been autotuned already. In his various interviews, Ramsey mentions his trip to McDonald’s shortly before discovering Amanda Berry. McDonald’s Corp. tweeted:

“We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey- we’ll be in touch.”

In an interview Tuesday night, CNN‘s Anderson Cooper asked Ramsey what it felt like to be living next door to the Castro brothers.

Ramsey replied: “That’s why now I’m having trouble sleeping. See, up until yesterday, the only thing that kept me from losing sleep was the lack of money. See what I’m saying? Now that that’s going on and I could have done this last year, not this hero stuff, just do the right thing …”

Does Ramsey feel like a hero?

“No. No, no, no. Bro, I’m a Christian and an American, I’m just like you,” he told Anderson Cooper. “We bleed the same blood. Put our pants on the same way… It’s just that you got to put that being a coward, ‘I don’t want to get into anybody’s business,’ you got to put that away for a minute.

And Ramsey says he has no interest in the FBI reward offered for the missing women.

“Take that reward and give it to them,” he said.

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16 thoughts on “Charles Ramsey, Rescuer of Amanda Berry, Recounts his Heroic Day to CNN’s Anderson Cooper”

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  3. May The Lord bless him in abundance. He lost sleep over money and has the opportunity to take it but his selflessness and good heart wants it to go to the women. I am encouraged! He has spoken such richness in words of just doing the right thing. May healing and peace be with him and the victims who are now free. Thank you Jesus!

  4. I’m really glad those women are finally free. Their story is what nightmares are made of. As sad and crazy as this story is, the guy is making me laugh. But I love that he said, I’m not a hero and and a Christian and an American.

    1. He is definitely a colorful character, but at heart, he deserves to be celebrated for doing the right thing in tough and confusing circumstances. Thank u for commenting!

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