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Kidnap suspect had faced complaints

CLEVELAND — The man charged with holding three women captive for about a decade had been accused of threatening his neighbors, attacking his common-law wife, and committing violations during his career as a school bus driver, according to records released Monday.

The Cleveland police reports correspond with accounts provided by relatives of suspect Ariel Castro last week that portrayed a man prone to violent outbursts, especially when it came to the mother of his children and incursions onto his property.

Castro, 52, is charged with kidnapping and rape, but prosecutors expect to file more charges. The three women, who disappeared between August 2002 and April 2004, were rescued last week when one of them escaped the home.

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The records released Monday were produced by police officers investigating complaints against Castro. They do not indicate what happened to the complaints. In most cases, there are no records of charges being brought.

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On Dec. 26, 1993, Grimilda Figueroa, Castro’s common-law wife, told police he threw her to the ground, hit her about the head and face, and kicked her body. Records show Castro was arrested and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Dec. 28. A grand jury declined to charge him with domestic violence.

On Jan. 26, 2004, Castro was arrested on charges of abduction and child endangerment after he drove around town with a child on the bus, according to a police report.

The report says Castro went inside a fast food restaurant and ate lunch, leaving the child alone on the bus, then drove around or parked before returning the child later.

The child was examined at MetroHealth Hospital and released.

Associated Press