CLEVELAND, May 14 (UPI) -- New documents released by Cleveland police depict Ariel Castro, the man suspected of holding three women captive, as a hot head who largely avoided arrest.
Police reports, dating back to a 1989, show Castro's temper on display. Several of his reported brushes with the law include domestic violence allegations by his former common law wife, Grimilda Figueroa, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer said Monday.
Castro is being held in lieu of $8 million bail for allegedly kidnapping and holding captive three women, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry, for more than a decade in his rundown Cleveland home. He has formally been charged with kidnapping and rape.
Castro's first brush with the law came during a 1989 domestic dispute when police were called after he allegedly beat Figueroa. Several similar instances were reported to police until 2005 though Castro was only charged once, in 1993, after which a grand jury failed to return an indictment.
The couple had split by the time of the first abduction and Figueroa died last year, the Plain Dealer said.
Other police reports detail disputes with neighbors, including one where Castro allegedly threatened a man with a shovel.