Cleveland neighbor says he was first to help missing women escape

CLEVELAND - Now-Internet sensation Charles Ramsey was not the only person to help break down the door of a Seymour Avenue house, freeing three missing women.

"I helped her and I was first," Angel Cordero told Scripps affiliate WEWS in Spanish.

On Monday, Ramsey, Cordero and other neighbors in a west side neighborhood of Cleveland helped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape. The women had disappeared in separate cases about a decade ago.

"Ramsey arrived after she was outside with the girl," Cordero said. "But the truth who arrived there, who crossed the street, who came and broke the door, it was me."

Wintel Tejeda, who lives across the street from the suspect's house, said others helped and when Berry came out, they gave her a phone.

"She was able to call police from my house," Tejeda said in Spanish.

Now with Ramsey's interview making headlines, both men said they're not jealous.

"I did what had to be done. I helped her," Cordero said. "They have their daughter, daughters are safe over there."

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