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First officer at scene where 3 women where held captive in house was overwhelmed by emotion

A Cleveland police patrol car sits in front of the boarded up home of Ariel Castro in Cleveland Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Three women were rescued from the house last week after a decade in captivity. Castro is under arrest and charged with rape and kidnapping. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

A Cleveland police patrol car sits in front of the boarded up home of Ariel Castro in Cleveland Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Three women were rescued from the house last week after a decade in captivity. Castro is under arrest and charged with rape and kidnapping. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)  (The Associated Press)

One of the first officers at the scene where three women were held captive in a Cleveland house for about a decade says the emotion of the moment was overwhelming.

Officer Anthony Espada, in response to a request from top police brass, wrote down his recollections and they were posted on a Cleveland police department blog.

Estrada says it was emotionally overwhelming when he and a partner recognized Amanda Berry approaching their patrol car. When Berry mentioned that Gina DeJesus (deh-HAY'-soos) and another women were inside the house, Estrada said it felt like a bombshell.

The officer says he replays the scene in his mind every day.

The home's owner, Ariel Castro, has been charged with kidnapping and rape.

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Online:

http://clevelandpolice.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/patrol-officer-recounts-finding-missing-women/