Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect Ariel Castro Hid a Dark Side, His Uncle Says


"He just comes out to his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkering with his cars and motorcycles and goes back in the house," Ramsey said Monday. "Sometimes you look and then look away because he's not doing nothing but average stuff. Ain't nothing exciting about him. Well, until today."

Castro Had Little Contact With Police

Ariel Castro was arrested in 1993 on a domestic violence charge that was later dropped. That same year, Castro pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, according to WEWS.

Police said they combed through records and found they had been called to Castro's home in March 2000, years before any of the women were abducted, after a fight was reported on the street.

After Berry and Knight disappeared, Castro had one unrelated brush with police, in January 2004, when he "inadvertently" left a child on a school bus while working as a driver, Tomba said.

He was interviewed, Tomba said, and after authorities realized there was no criminal intent, the case was closed. Other than minor traffic infractions, it was the last contact police would have with Castro until his arrest on Monday.

ABC News' Emily Friedman contributed reporting.

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