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Ariel Castro was a very dangerous man

'Held Hostage, Ten Years of Terror': The husband of Ariel Castro's deceased ex-wife says he rescued her from accused kidnapper's abuse and was relieved upon his arrest


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," May 10, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped from the horrible years of continuous sexual assault and torture. But they are not the only ones terrorized by Ariel Castro. Castro's former in-laws say he beat his then wife, Grimilda Figueroa, breaking her nose, breaking her arms and even locking her in a box. Forty-eight-year-old Grimilda died last year. Her second husband, Fernando Colon, joins us from Cleveland.

Good evening, Colon -- Fernando.


VAN SUSTEREN: I'm very well. Fernando, tell me, when did you first meet Ariel?

COLON: I met Ariel around 1995, right after I met Grimilda.

VAN SUSTEREN: Under what circumstances did you meet both of them?

COLON: I met Grimilda at the hospital where I work in as a security officer. She would come in with different types of injuries and for her appointments. That's where we met.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did she ever tell you where she got those injuries or how you she got those injuries?

COLON: Yes. She stated to me that the injuries were inflicted by Mr. Ariel Castro. She -- I saw her with a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, broken nose, I think fractured ribs, also to the extent of a missing tooth.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you see her -- did she come in -- is that just one incident, or did come in more than once with injuries?

COLON: She came in more than one time with different injuries, yes.

VAN SUSTEREN: How did you -- at some point you and Grimilda developed a relationship. How did that happen? Was she already separated from Ariel?

COLON: Yes, she was. When I met her, we spoke about her injuries because she was looking kind of devastated and kind of afraid of something. I approached her and we started talking. She explained to me the situation and what she was going through.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you at some point move in with her or marry her?

COLON: Yes. Shortly after that occurred in the hospital where we met, and we talked for I think probably two, three weeks, I asked her if she would accept my help to get away from Mr. Ariel Castro. She accepted, and she moved in with me, and the kids.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did she ever call the police on him?

COLON: She made police reports, yes. But to call them directly, no.

VAN SUSTEREN: At some point -- OK, so the two of you are living together, and are you living with her children with Ariel?

COLON: Yes, she was living with me and we had the four children, Ariel Castro, Jr., Emily, Angie and Arlene.

VAN SUSTEREN: Now, later on, as time marched on, suddenly, the community learns about the fact that there are these missing girls, one of whom is Gina DeJesus, is that right?

COLON: Yes, that's correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Were you ever questioned about that disappearance?

COLON: Yes, I was.

VAN SUSTEREN: Explain what happened.

COLON: I was at work as a security officer for International Investigations at West 110th and Lorain Plaza. I was told by my employer that the FBI wanted to talk with me and that they needed the patrol car, I guess to check it out for any type of evidence.

VAN SUSTEREN: And did that happen? Did you talk to them?

COLON: Yes, I did. I went with them downtown to their field office, and I was interviewed with them, yes.

VAN SUSTEREN: And were they asking you about the disappearance of Gina?

COLON: That's correct. They asked me if I knew Gina, if she was ever with me in the house, was she ever in my vehicle, if I ever spent any time with Gina.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why were you interviewed? Who put your name in this?

COLON: My thought is that Mr. Ariel Castro had informed them that since I was living with the girls and they were friends, that they must have been around me and I possibly had something to do with it at that point.

VAN SUSTEREN: So Ariel Castro, the guy who gets caught now with Gina and the other two -- he's the one that sent the FBI out to talk to you.

COLON: That's correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: Fernando, did you ever tell the FBI they should investigate Ariel?

COLON: Yes, I did. I told them to look into Ariel Castro.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did they do it?

COLON: No, they did not.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you ever suspect Ariel Castro of having any involvement in Gina's disappearance, or the other two?

COLON: Let me put it this way. It did not surprise me that this did happen. I knew the type of person that Ariel was. He's a very smart man. I always said that he's like a psychologist, very perceptive, very dangerous man, according to everything that his ex-wife has told me.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did his ex-wife ever suspect him in the disappearance of the three?

COLON: As far as I know, no, she never mentioned anything.

VAN SUSTEREN: Had you ever been inside the house?

COLON: No. As far as I've been is to the front of the house.

VAN SUSTEREN: So when you heard the other night that he was arrested, your thought -- your first thought was what?

COLON: My first thought, I thanked God because for a long time, I was saying that Ariel Castro was a very dangerous man. He had the opportunity and the means to get those girls. They disappeared in plain daylight with no struggle whatsoever.

And also, I felt very happy for my ex-wife. As you know, she passed, and I took it as a revenge for her to what everything that he did to her.

VAN SUSTEREN: Fernando, thank you very much.

COLON: Thank you.