Ramsey has been catapulted to instant fame in the wake of his heroic rescue of Amanda Berry, 27, which led to the rescues of Gina Dejesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, and a 6-year-old girl believed to be Berry’s daughter and conceived while she was in captivity.
As previously reported, Berry disappeared at the age of 16 on April 21, 2003; DeJesus disappeared almost one year later at the age of 14 while walking home from school. Initial reports claimed that Knight disappeared in 1990, but later reports confirmed that she went missing in 2002 at the age of 20.
Three brothers, Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, Onil Castro, 50, have been arrested in connection with their kidnapping.
After an expressive and arguably hilarious interview, the bravery and clear-headedness that Ramsey displayed has been overshadowed by internet memes and YouTube videos both laughing with him and laughing at him.
Even though fame — and possibly Tyler Perry – will probably come calling, Ramsey has shrugged off the “hero” label and, instead, is just grateful that he was at the right place, at the right time and in a position to help.
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Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC scored an exclusive sit-down interview with the man who discovered missing teens Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. Charles Ramsey instantly became famous across the internet after he gave a descriptive and opinionated interview to another local Cleveland reporter Monday evening. Today, Ramsey said he’s just glad the three women got out of captivity alive and rejects the “hero” label that WKYC’s anchors and others have been affixing to him.
Ramsey says he knows he did a “good deed” but he’s finding it difficult to live with the fact that the three girls were being held against their will next door to him for so long. After retelling the story he originally relayed the night before, Ramsey reacted to the internet sensation he has become, with the anchor asking him what it’s like to be “hashtag Charles Ramsey.”
“I don’t even want it,” Ramsey said of the attention. “They keep saying I’m a hero. Let me tell you something, I’m an American, and I’m a human being. I’m just like you. I work for a living. There was a woman in distress, so why turn your back on that?”