Log: Cleveland suspect passes time pacing, staring

AP News
Posted: May 17, 2013 6:14 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of imprisoning three women in his Cleveland home for a decade spends most of his time in jail resting or asleep, with breaks for pacing, showers and cell cleaning.

New jail logs released Friday also document defendant Ariel Castro thanking a guard for bringing him breakfast and wishing him a good day.

Castro, 52, remains on suicide watch with his activities documented in writing every 10 minutes at the Cuyahoga County jail.

He faces preliminary charges of rape and kidnapping following his arrest last week on suspicion of kidnapping the women off the streets near his west side neighborhood, then holding them against their will and sexually assaulting them over the next 10 years. DNA tests showed Castro is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the women during her time in the house.

Castro, a former school bus driver, was arrested May 6 shortly after one of the women, Amanda Berry, kicked out part of a locked door of his house and yelled to neighbors to help her and call police.

Police quickly arrived and found Berry in the street holding a girl and then raced through the house, freeing Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. The women were admitted to a hospital but have been released and have remained in seclusion, appealing for privacy.

The three disappeared between 2002 and 2004, when they were in their teens or early 20s, authorities said.

Castro has been jailed on $8 million bond.

Castro's attorney, Craig Weintraub, has described Castro's cell as a 9-by-9-foot cell containing a metal bed with a thin mattress covered in plastic, a metal sink, and some kind of mirror.

Previous logs said Castro walked around the cell naked early in his confinement, though he later covered up.

Weintraub, who has said Castro will plead not guilty, did not immediately return a message left Friday about the logs.

The logs show that Castro periodically asks for the time, looks out the window and stares at the ceiling.

"... up and pacing," according to a handwritten note at 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, which follows an entry on Castro going to the bathroom.

"Inmate laying on mat staring at the floor," says an entry that night at 7:30 p.m.

"Inmate laying on mat staring at the ceiling," says an entry 10 minutes later.

Wednesday morning beginning at 10:20 a.m., Castro cleaned his cell for 40 minutes, according to the logs.

"Thank you," Castro says when he received his breakfast at 6:36 a.m. on Thursday, the logs said.

"Thank you have a good day officer," Castro says about 15 minutes later, according to the logs.


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