CLEVELAND - After being missing for more than 10 years, Amanda Berry broke part of a front door and shouted to a man she saw nearby.
Charles Ramsey and Angel Cordero broke down the door and freed Berry, who was 16 when she disappeared in 2003.
Cordero told our Cleveland sister station WEWS that he recognized Berry from posters and that she was with a 4- or 5-year-old child. Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the girl is Amanda Berry's daughter
Ramsey said he didn't know what was going on. In an interview with WEWS reporter John Kosich, Ramsey explained the chaos, saying,"I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway."
Since that interview late Monday night, Ramsey has become an Internet sensation. Ramsey's interview has been seen hundreds of thousands of times, and his responses have also been auto-tuned in a dozen YouTube remixes.
We've embedded the video from WEWS below. It is followed by a transcript of the interview.
Click the video player below to watch his interview. Mobile users click here: http://bit.ly/10fhGUS .
Reporter John Kosich: Walk me through what happened this afternoon. You heard screaming?
Charles Ramsey: Heard screaming, I’m eating my McDonald’s, I come outside, and I see this girl going nuts, trying to get out of the house. So I go on the porch. I got on the porch and she said, “Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time.” I figured it was a domestic violence dispute. So I open the door. And we can’t get in that way ‘cause of how the door is, it’s so much that a body can’t fit through; only your hand. So we kicked the bottom. And she comes out with a little girl and she says "Call 911. My name is Amanda Berry."
Kosich: Did you know who that was when that?
Ramsey: When she told me, it didn’t register. Until I got the call to 911 and then I’m like, “I’m calling 911 for Amanda Berry. I thought that girl was dead.” You know what I mean? And she got on the phone and she said “Yeah, this is me.” And the detective… Det. Gregory Cook said “Charles, do you know who you rescued?”
Kosich: And when did you see Gina (DeJesus)?
Ramsey: About… About five minutes after the police got here. See that girl Amanda, told the police “I ain’t the only one. There’s some more girls up in that house.” So they go up in there, 30, 40, deep. And when they came out, it was just astonishing. ‘Cause I thought they would come up with nothing. Like I said, my neighbor, you got to have some pretty big testicles to pull this off, bro. Because we see this dude every day. I mean every day.
Kosich: How long have you live here?
Ramsey: I’ve been here a year. You see where I’m coming from? I barbeque with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to salsa music. You see where I’m coming from?
Kosich: And you had no indications?
Ramsey: Bro, not a clue that that girl was in that house. Or anybody else was in there against their will. Because how he is. He just comes out to his back yard, plays with the dogs, tinkering with his cars and motorcycles, go 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.
Kosich: What were the reactions on the girls’ faces? I can’t imagine to see the sunlight…
Ramsey: Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway. Dead giveaway.
You can also listen to Ramsey's 911 call here: http://ch7ne.ws/10ffGMn