Jasmina Baldrich and Ashley Colon, who were driving around their Cleveland neighborhood, became witnesses to a historic rescue when they shot a video of police raiding the home of kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro.
Jasmina Baldrich and Ashley Colon thought they were about to be pulled over last Monday when they noticed a police cruiser behind them, and turned onto Seymour Avenue.
There, they saw a heavy police presence, with officers approaching Ariel Castro’s house. The spectacle prompted Jasmina Baldrich to take out her iPhone and start videotaping what was going on.
In the video, cops can be seen prying open the front door of Ariel Castro’s house. Once open, they flood into the home, some reaching for their handguns.
The women also said that they saw a woman pass who claimed that she was Amanda Berry, and they couldn’t believe their ears.
Jasmina Baldrich told NewsChannel5.com: “We just seen cops and then out of nowhere all we see Amanda walking by saying, <<I’m Amanda Berry>>.”
Like others in the community, Jasmina Baldrich was familiar with the Amanda Berry case, and were shocked to find the missing woman, clutching her six-year-old daughter.
Jasmina Baldrich told NewsChannel5: “We knew like that [snapping fingers]. We both got goose bumps at the same time. We were shocked, we could not believe it but it clicked.”
Ashley Colon added: “People would die just to see these girls get saved and we just happened to be there.”
Ariel Castro, 52, is being held on $8 million bond.
The ex-school bus driver was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
Michelle Knight, Amanda berry and Gina DeJesus, now in their 20s and 30s, vanished separately between 2002 and 2004. At the time, they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.