Charles Ramsey, “I’m No Hero”

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Charles Ramsey, who helped Amanda Berry and her daughter out of their captor’s house, claims, “I’m no hero”.

I say, ask Amanda Berry what she thinks about the man who came to her aid and that of her daughter.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper Tuesday night on CNN, Ramsey said he couldn’t believe he had lived next to the house for a year and was unaware of what was going on inside.

“Up until yesterday the only thing that kept me from losing sleep was the lack of money,” the restaurant dishwasher said on “Anderson Cooper 360.”

“I could have done this last year, not this hero stuff,” said Ramsey. “Just do the right thing.”

Ramsey recounted Monday night’s drama, when he heard a girl scream “like a car had hit a kid.”

He was eating a ‘Big Mac’ in his living room.  He rushed outside, still clutching the half eaten sandwich, saw where the scream was coming from, and kicked in the bottom panel of the door.

“Amanda said, ‘I’ve been trapped in here. He won’t let me out. It’s me and my baby.”

When he and a man by the name of Angel Cordero helped Amanda Berry and her daughter out of the house, they went to his house.  While Amanda was using his phone to call 911, and was telling the operator who she was and that there were two other girls inside, the name ‘Berry’ registered with him.  He was surprised, he, like everyone else, thought she was dead.

“Berry didn’t register with me until I was on the phone, like wait a minute, I thought this girl was dead.”

“She’s like, ‘This (expletive) kidnapped me and my daughter,'” he told the 911 operator, according to WEWS.

The three young women, Amanda Berry, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, had been imprisoned for 10 years until Ramsey heard the screams yesterday.

When police began to search the house, they discovered ropes, and chains in every room.  All the doors had external padlocks on the doors.

Ramsey told WEWS that he used to barbecue with Ariel Castro, the owner of the house.  “I’ve been here a year. You see where I’m coming from? I barbecue with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to salsa music…

“He just comes out to his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkers with his cars and motorcycles, goes back in the house. So he’s somebody you look, then look away. He’s not doing anything but the average stuff. You see what I’m saying? There’s nothing exciting about him. Well, until today.”

Castro “got some big testicles to pull this off, bro,” Ramsey told WEWS. “Because we see this dude every day. I mean every day.”

He added, “I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here.  Dead giveaway.”

He received many tweets, one of the top remarks was from a well-known comedian.

Patton Oswalt wrote, “Dear Charles Ramsey: I am not a little pretty white girl, but I totally want to run into your black arms. #hero.”

The owner of the restaurant where Ramsey is employed, Chris Hodgson, praised his co-worker.

“You give him something to do, and he’ll do more,” he said. “We always look forward to seeing him, because you know he’s gonna bring a smile to your face.”

Hodgson said that there have already been offers to give money to Ramsey, but he would probably give it to the young victims.

McDonald Corp. has tweeted Ramsey, “We’ll be in touch”.

John Walsh, host of “America’s Most Wanted”, told the crowd at an awards dinner for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, that he had called Ramsey.

“You are the guy who decided in 30 seconds to go up and spring a woman from a house of hell that she’s been in and was desperate to get out that door with her 6-year-old daughter, ” Walsh recalled saying.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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